What you need to know
- Disney+ is replacing its 16:9 versions of the first 19 seasons of The Simpsons with the original 4:3 content.
- The streaming service landed exclusive rights to the show last fall.
- Many of The Simpsons' details and punchlines were cut off with the lost vertical space in the converted widescreen episodes.
The Simpsons is one of the longest-running shows of all time, and as such, it was a valuable addition to the Disney+ lineup when it landed exclusivity last fall. There was just one problem: all of the older episodes had been cropped and converted to 16:9.
For the first 19 seasons, The Simpsons was aired in 4:3. Cropping the show to a widescreen format cut off important details that were key to many of the show's jokes, frustrating familiar viewers.
Today, Disney+ announced on Twitter that on May 28th, it will be correcting this issue and updating its catalog with the proper 4:3 versions of affected episodes.
This will, of course, result in pillarboxing on widescreen TVs when watching older episodes, but restores much-needed context to countless scenes.