Disney+ to Fix 'The Simpsons' Aspect Ratio Issues
Published May 21, 2020Good news for fans of The Simpsons: Disney+ is finally giving you what you've been yearning for. Most of the iconic animated sitcom's older episodes will finally be available to stream on the platform in its original 4:3 aspect ratio later this month.
Starting May 28, the series will return to its original format on the service after complaints about the aspect ratio began late last year. Longtime showrunner, writer and executive producer Al Jean announced the release date for the 4:3 episodes on Twitter this week.
"As always you have been heard!" he tweeted Wednesday (May 20).
As previously reported, Disney+'s November launch was was not without some technical issues, as viewers had a tough time logging in among other problems. As it turns out, things weren't so great for The Simpsons fans either, as the streaming service's marred aspect ratio botched the release of the show, including the way it ruined some visual gags.
Until 2009, The Simpsons aired in a 4:3 format. Since it's animated and not shot on cameras, it was nearly impossible to switch the show to a 16:9 format, hence the awkward aspect ratio crops when fans first began streaming on Disney+ last year.
Fox renewed the series for Season 31 and Season 32 in early 2019. It remains the longest-running scripted TV show in history.
So, get ready for more content and likely even more global predictions.
WOO HOO! We love a prediction for #TheSimpsons, especially coming from @AlJean himself in 2015. Episodes in original 4:3 aspect ratio are coming to #DisneyPlus on May 28. #DisneyBundle pic.twitter.com/WxEs9TC5D5— Disney+ (@disneyplus) May 20, 2020
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