The Disney+ streaming service launched on Tuesday with various treats ranging from “The Mandalorian” to some classic Mouse House films.
One of the bigger ones though is “The Simpsons” with all thirty past seasons of the show available to stream at leisure. However fans quickly discovered an issue – the first 19 seasons of the show were presented in the widescreen 16:9 ratio – not the full screen 4:3 ratio they were created in.
This means all the episodes cut off the top and bottom parts of the image in order to fit the 16×9 ratio – in the process losing a bunch of visual gags and screwing up shot compositions.
Now, Disney has released a statement announcing plans to have the aspect ratio problem fixed:
“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.”
From mid-way through the twentieth season, the series started broadcasting in widescreen with every episode after that made for the 16:9 aspect ratio, therefore are unaffected.
Source: Disney Pictures