WOO HOO! We love a prediction for #TheSimpsons, especially coming from @AlJean himself in 2015. Episodes in original 4:3 aspect ratio are coming to #DisneyPlus on May 28. #DisneyBundle pic.twitter.com/WxEs9TC5D5— Disney+ (@disneyplus) May 20, 2020
From its first episode until 2009, the Simpsons aired in 4:3. It then adopted a 16:9 ratio, meaning 2010 Simpsons onwards has not been affected by the formatting on Disney Plus. But earlier episodes suffered from visual gags being cut off, most notably the below that went viral when the platform went live in November:
All the classic Simpsons episodes on Disney+ are in cropped widescreen format -- this means you miss out on tons of great visual jokes, like how Duff, Duff Lite and Duff Dry all come from the same tube. pic.twitter.com/cTy9adulFl— Tristan Cooper (@TristanACooper) November 12, 2019
It’s rare for shows to be made or aired in 4:3 in 2020, but it also goes to show that some services would rather fill your whole modern TV screen with content rather than present media in its original format. Thankfully, this time, that will change.