With the launch of Disney + this week, many fans were excited about easy access to all 30 seasons The Simpsons – only to their great disappointment to discover that their original 4: 3 aspect ratio was thrown away for a widescreen aspect ratio of 16: 9, completely cutting out many visual gags. But now Disney says it will resolve this in "early 2020" by making an additional version of the first 19 seasons in 4: 3 as they were meant to be viewed.
Here is the Disney statement:
“At the launch, we presented“ The Simpsons ”in a 16: 9 aspect ratio to ensure visual quality and consistency in all 30 seasons. Over time, Disney + will roll out new functions and additional display options. As part of this, Disney + will make the first 19 seasons (and some episodes of season 20) of "The Simpsons" available in their original 4: 3 aspect ratio in early 2020, allowing subscribers to choose how they want the popular series. "
To give you an idea of what you could miss with the wide screen format, here's an example:
All classic Simpsons episodes on Disney + are in trimmed widescreen format – this means you miss out on lots of great visual jokes, such as how Duff, Duff Lite and Duff Dry all come from the same tube. pic.twitter.com/cTy9adulFl
– Tristan Cooper (@TristanACooper) November 12, 2019
Why 19 seasons, instead of all 30? Halfway from 2009 The Simpsons" In the 20th season, the show had already switched to the 16: 9 aspect ratio – so those episodes should be good.