Simpsons fans mad at Disney+ for altering classic episodes

Dan Seddon

From Digital Spy

Disney+ launched yesterday (November 12) in the US, but fans of The Simpsons are struggling with one element of the show on the streaming service.

The first 30 seasons of the animated classic are included on the platform, the first 20 of which have been stretched out into the widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, meaning a whole universe of visual gags on the outskirts of the shot are being cropped out.

This is because The Simpsons only adopted the widescreen format during season 20, but surely Disney should've learned from the mistakes of FXX, which stills air episode marathons in a similarly frustrating way.

Photo credit: Channel 4

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Posting on social media, The Simpsons' loyal following has voiced its displeasure at the awkward aspect ratio of classic episodes.

"Old episodes of The Simpsons on Disney+ aren't in the original 4:3 aspect ratio so they're squished into widescreen and it looks bad I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news!!!" wrote one user.

"Time to watch my favorite Simpsons Ep. of all time & please, give us the option to use 4:3 Aspect Ratio. Looks ugly in Fullscreen/Widescreen," another said.

Are we witnessing the makings of another petition?

Disney+ is now available in the US and will launch on March 31, 2020 in the UK.

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