Original Aspect Ratio Returning to The Simpsons on Disney+ This Month!

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Original Aspect Ratio Returning to The Simpsons on Disney+ This Month!

Original aspect ratio returning to The Simpsons on Disney+ this month!

After an outcry from fans regarding the streaming service’s cropping of the long-running series’ early episodes, Disney+ and Al Jean have announced on Twitter that all episodes of The Simpsons with the original 4:3 aspect ratio will be available beginning May 28!

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For those unaware, the first unveiling of Disney+ included all 30 seasons of the still very popular TV series The Simpsons with one minor problem: nearly 400 early episodes, which were produced in a 4:3 ratio, had been cropped to the more modern 16:9 ratio. Doing so resulted in the loss of several sight gags and stoked the ire of fans everywhere. Luckily, Disney previously sought fit to fix the problem, and even released an official statement on the matter.

“We presented The Simpsons in 16:9 aspect ratio at launch in order to guarantee visual quality and consistency across all 30 seasons. Over time, Disney+ will roll out new features and additional viewing options. As part of this, in early 2020, Disney+ will make the first 19 seasons (and some episodes from Season 20) of The Simpsons available in their original 4:3 aspect ratio, giving subscribers a choice of how they prefer to view the popular series.”  

Created by Matt Groening (FuturamaDisenchantment), The Simpsons has been on-air for more than 30 years and had become a pop-culture phenomenon. The voice cast is consists of Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson, Julie Kavner as his wife Marge, Nancy Cartwright as Bart, and Herman’s Head’s Yeardley Smith as Lisa. New episode airs every Sunday nights on FOX.

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Disney‘s upcoming streaming service will become the exclusive home in the U.S. for subscription-video-on-demand viewing of the newest live-action and animated series and movies from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel and Fox. Set to launch on November 12, the service will be ad-free, supported solely by subscription fees, and will be available on gaming consoles, smart TVs, and connected streaming devices.