The Simpsons should be back to the correct aspect ratio before Disney+ hits the UK

The Simpsons should be back to the correct aspect ratio before Disney+ hits the UK

Disney+ launched last week bringing with it new shows and films along with a slew of classics and not-so-classics. One of those shows that appeared on the streaming platform was The Simpsons - great news apart from the fact that the early classic seasons of the show were presented in a cropped 16:9 aspect ratio meaning that a lot of material was lost from the top and bottom of some frames.

While this may have meant no vertical black bars on modern televisions it also rendered a number of jokes inert thanks to the loss of context on the edges of the frame. An example of this can be seen in the grab above which, when shown in the full, as-intended, 4:3 aspect ratio would reveal that all three variants of Duff are in fact supplied via the same pipes.

No-one has been particularly happy with the cropped version of the show, but we can now share that Disney intend to reinstate the full uncropped picture in early 2020.

Hopefully this will mean that by the time the network launches in the UK the problem will be resolved...

The Simpsons (1989–)
Dir: N/A | Cast: Dan Castellaneta, Harry Shearer, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright | Writers: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon

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