Here's When We Can Watch The Simpsons In The Correct Ratio On Disney+

The Simpsons was one of the many shows that arrived on Disney+ in November last year, with all 30 seasons to date available to watch. However, there was almost immediate controversy when fans spotted that all the episodes were in the 16:9 aspect ratio, meaning that older seasons were cropped from their original 4:3 ratio. Disney responded by stating that the first 19 seasons of the show will be made available in their original ratio at some point, and now the studio has revealed when this will happen.

In a tweet, Disney stated that it appreciates fans’ patience while they wait for the corrected episodes, and that the studio “expects to accomplish this by the end of May.” Check the tweet out below:

The main issue for fans was that that those earlier seasons were made in 4:3. By putting them into widescreen, bits of the top and bottom of the image were cropped out, which affected many of the visual jokes throughout the seasons. In November, a Disney statement read, “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.”

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In related news, veteran Simpsons actor Hank Azaria recently spoke about his decision to stop voicing Apu on the show. The Indian-American character has appeared in the Simpsons since the very first season in 1990, but in more recent years, the show has become accused of racial stereotyping. “Once I realized that that was the way this character was thought of, I just didn’t want to participate in it anymore,” Azaria said. “It just didn’t feel right.”

The Simpsons is currently in its 31st season. The show may eventually go off in the air, and Disney (which now owns Fox) is preparing for that future by announcing many more animated shows.

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