The entire The Simpsons cartoon archive was available to stream for the first time ever when Disney+ launched in November, but fans of the series were not exactly in a jovial mood when it was clear the aspect ratio for nearly all 20 seasons was remastered to a 16:9 widescreen format.
The decision to upscale the aspect ratio to 16:9 has resulted in many iconic images appearing stretched, and in some cases the show’s subtle jokes have been affected. For instance, the 16:9 aspect ratio inadvertently killed the classic joke that Duff, Duff Lite, and Duff Dry beer all come from the same vat.
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
Fans can rest easy and enjoy the classic episodes as they were meant to be viewed, as Disney+ has finally reverted episodes to their natural 4:3 aspect ratio.
Viewers have the option to choose between 4:3 and 16:9, but if you want to relive some of the series’ best moments, you’ll want to opt for 4:3.