How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

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How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

In an attempt to modernize classic Simpsons episodes, Disney+ cropped 4:3 episodes down to 16:9. In doing so, numerous visual jokes were cut out. Thankfully, Disney now lets you watch in the original aspect ratio, but you need to disable a feature to view the original format.

The tweet embedded below shows an example of some of the visual humor that was lost when Disney+ remastered classic Simpsons episodes:

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

As previously mentioned, you’re going to need to disable Disney+’s remastered version of The Simpsons before you can watch episodes in the classic 4:3 aspect ratio. Thankfully, this can be done from your computer or the Disney+ app on your smartphone or tablet.

Start by visiting Disney+’s website or opening the streaming service’s app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. From the home screen, search for “The Simpsons” or scroll down and select the show.

How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

Next, tap on the “Details” tab found above the list of available episodes.

How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

Click or tap on the toggle next to “Remastered Aspect Ratio” to disable the feature.

How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

An “Original Format” message will pop up from the bottom of the screen to let you know that you have turned off the remastered 16:9 widescreen format and will now be able to stream classic Simpsons episodes the way they were intended.

Head back to the “Episodes” tab and select an episode from one of the first 20 seasons to watch The Simpsons in the 4:3 aspect ratio.

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How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

(Pocket-lint) – Disney+ subscribers have the choice to watch 19 seasons of The Simpsons in the original 4:3 aspect ratio, or the remastered 16:9 aspect ratio.

When the video streaming service first launched, The Simpsons animated show was only available to watch in a remastered 16:9 aspect ratio. This literally cut out some visual jokes, as parts of the top or bottom of the frame were no longer visible. Therefore, following complaints, Disney re-released the show in 4:3 so that everyone could watch the show as it first aired.

Here’s how to select which version of The Simpsons you want to watch.

How to watch The Simpsons in 4:3 (original aspect ratio) on Disney+

To watch The Simpsons in the original 4:3 aspect ratio, you need to switch off the remastered aspect ratio, as it’s the default setting on Disney+ for The Simpsons. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open Disney+ on your device
  2. Go to The Simpsons page. (Using a web browser? Then follow this link.)
  3. Select the Details tab.
  4. Look for a “Remastered Aspect Ratio” toggle.
  5. When this toggle is disabled, you’ll get The Simpsons formatted to 4:3.

How to watch The Simpsons in 16:9 (remastered aspect ratio) on Disney+

The remastered aspect ratio for The Simpsons is the default setting on Disney+. But if it’s off for you, follow these steps to switch it on:

  1. Open Disney+ on your device
  2. Go to The Simpsons page. (Using a web browser? Then follow this link.)
  3. Select the Details tab.
  4. Look for a “Remastered Aspect Ratio” toggle.
  5. When this toggle is enabled, you’ll get The Simpsons formatted to 16:9.

The aspect ratio toggle should be available on all devices that support Disney+. Keep in mind that The Simpsons went to a widescreen format and high definition during its 20th season, which means all episodes after that are only available to watch in 16:9.

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Episodes of The Simpsons are now available in their original 4:3 aspect ratio on Disney Plus.

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Disney Plus subscribers can now choose between watching The Simpsons in the original 4:3 aspect ratio or in the remastered 16:9 widescreen format when available, Disney said Thursday. The new feature is available on mobile, web and connected TV devices.

From its premiere in 1989 up to 2010, The Simpsons aired in a 4:3 aspect ratio. The show switched to a 16:9 format during its 20th season. Viewers can now toggle between the two formats when watching episodes of the show on Disney Plus.

The move comes after fans strongly objected to episodes only being available in widescreen on the streaming service, which led to some sight gags being cut out.

How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

In an attempt to modernize classic Simpsons episodes, Disney+ cropped 4:3 episodes down to 16:9. In doing so, numerous visual jokes were cut out. Thankfully, Disney now lets you watch in the original aspect ratio, but you need to disable a feature to view the original format.

The tweet embedded below shows an example of some of the visual humor that was lost when Disney+ remastered classic Simpsons episodes:

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

As previously mentioned, you’re going to need to disable Disney+’s remastered version of The Simpsons before you can watch episodes in the classic 4:3 aspect ratio. Thankfully, this can be done from your computer or the Disney+ app on your smartphone or tablet.

Start by visiting Disney+’s website or opening the streaming service’s app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. From the home screen, search for “The Simpsons” or scroll down and select the show.

How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

Next, tap on the “Details” tab found above the list of available episodes.

How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

Click or tap on the toggle next to “Remastered Aspect Ratio” to disable the feature.

How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

An “Original Format” message will pop up from the bottom of the screen to let you know that you have turned off the remastered 16:9 widescreen format and will now be able to stream classic Simpsons episodes the way they were intended.

Head back to the “Episodes” tab and select an episode from one of the first 20 seasons to watch The Simpsons in the 4:3 aspect ratio.

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Last year, Disney Plus launched with 30 full seasons of The Simpsons. But to the dismay of many hardcore fans, the episodes were only available in the newly cropped 16:9 format. Being an old show, a majority of The Simpsons episodes premiered in a 4:3 ratio, and didn’t go 16:9 until 2009.

While a slight adjustment in aspect ratio may not sound like a big deal, the crop ends up accidentally cutting out some great visual gags. But on May 28, Disney Plus added a new toggle feature to return The Simpsons back to its original format. Here’s how to activate it.

Here’s how to restore the classic Simpsons episodes to their original 4:3 aspect ratio on Disney+ pic.twitter.com/vSz9kDA3Oz

— Erik Adams (@ErikMAdams) May 28, 2020

Turing The Simpsons back to its original 4:3 ratio is very easy. Before you start streaming an episode, go to the Details panel wherever you’re watching Disney Plus. Just under the line break, you’ll see a toggle for Remastered Aspect Ratio. The setting starts toggled on — shown with the knob to the right and a blue background. Click on the toggle to turn the knob left and grey, which would be off.

With the Remastered Aspect Ratio toggled off, you can enjoy the first 19.5 seasons of The Simpsons in its original aspect ratio.

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How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disneyAs expected, Disney+ has released an update allowing fans of The Simpsons to view older episodes in their original 4:3 aspect ratio. Instead of merely swapping out the existing widescreen (16:9) versions, however, the update allows users to toggle between the different aspect ratios. Going over details Disney shared about the feature suggests adding this new trick was harder than it might seem at first, and it’s something the company might leverage elsewhere.

“To support both the original 4:3 aspect ratio and the 16:9 versions of The Simpsons, we needed to challenge prior assumptions and rethink how content for streaming is packaged and delivered,” Joe Rice, vice president of media product, said in a statement. “We introduced a new Disney+ app feature today that not only gives fans a choice in video viewing formats, but also opens up a number of exciting opportunities for novel ways of presenting content in the future.”

Ever since the service’s launch last year, fans have complained about the widescreen 16:9 format cutting out visual gags and other context from certain shots, an issue that also plagued FXX’s streaming versions of the show.

How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disneyIn an accompanying blog post, Rice detailed the process of bringing the new aspect ratio to the service, and the different approaches they considered. One option would have offered the 4:3 versions as bonus content subscribers could select, but that approach wouldn’t allow for features like Continue Watching, adding to Watchlists, or the type of sequential playback that goes hand in hand with binge watching.

And since all the audio, subtitles, artwork, and other data are essentially identical between the two versions of those episodes, Disney opted for an approach that allows each episode to share those elements, with only the video data changing between the two. The company says this was a more efficient method than having two separate copies of 428 episodes on hand. A separate collection of 4:3 versions would’ve also made Continue Watching and autoplay features more difficult to implement, and Rice points out this approach also allows for those features to work regardless of which ratio you choose.

While Disney didn’t elaborate on how it could use the new feature elsewhere on its service, it’s not hard to imagine new aspect ratio options being added to other classic movies and TV shows so fans can enjoy them in their originally intended formats.

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How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

Fans of The Simpsons believe nearly every frame of it contains jokes — not just the frame, but every part of the frame.

That’s why many of them had mixed reactions last fall when Disney first offered The Simpsons on Disney+, its direct-to-consumer streaming service. Because the show has been on the air since 1989, its library spans both the 4:3 (square-ish) and 16:9 (rectangular) aspect ratio eras, but the older episodes were cropped as part of the conversion to 16:9 for streaming. Days after launching Disney+, the company promised it would work to make both aspect ratios available in 2020.

Six months later, the company has delivered, enabling viewers to toggle between the two based on their preference or how they were used to seeing it over the course of its run. On Thursday, Joe Rice, VP of Media Product for Disney Streaming Services, described the complex effort to add a new feature spanning more than 30 years’ worth of episodes. One reason the project was fast-tracked was that Disney had seen the show instantly become one of the top titles on Disney+, as it had hoped when shelling out $71.3 billion for most of 21st Century Fox in 2018.

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During the show’s first decade on Fox, it aired in 4:3 standard definition before moving to 16:9 high-definition during its 20th season in 2009. All episodes were upgraded to HD and uploaded to Disney+ but in order for the image to fill more rectangular-shaped TV sets, images had to be cropped, which undercut the effect of many of the show’s gags. Adding insult to injury, many fans consider the show’s early years to be its most consistently satisfying.

Engineers’ goal, Rice said, was “providing a choice as to which format to watch, especially for our super fans” via a brand-new product feature.

In streaming, however, developing any new feature is a complex undertaking. The aspect ratio job was no exception. Blending video images with metadata, subtitles and audio tracks, the objective is to keep everything in sync and make it readily accessible to viewers. Rice said essentially a new unit — called a “facet” — was created during the project. In addition to creating properly proportioned facets, the team had to be sure that general product features like “continue watching” or autoplay would still function regardless of aspect ratio.

Scale was also a background element to the project. Disney+ is still expanding around the world, but in more than a dozen territories it has already amassed nearly 55 million subscribers, so the tweak would affect a large number of accounts.

Rice didn’t shy away from tech talk in his explanatory post, which was filled with schematic drawings and acronyms. The MovieLabs Digital Distribution Framework, or MDDF, he wrote, “is a suite of standards and specifications created with the goal of achieving digital supply chain automation between content providers and the platforms that stream content to customers.”

In a passage better suited to the layman, he described the project as “a fascinating challenge to meet.” Developing solutions for The Simpsons, he wrote, has revealed “exciting opportunities for novel ways of presenting content in the future.”

How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

Disney Plus is giving us The Simpsons in its original 4:3 aspect ratio, starting May 28, the streaming service.

That’s a big deal for Simpsons fans. The series switched from 4:3 to 16:9 back in 2009, but Disney Plus streams every episode in the latter aspect ratio, meaning consequential visual cues from earlier episodes have been cropped out. That can make jokes confusing and even muddle certain story details. Here’s a good example:

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/cTy9adulFlNovember 12, 2019

Fortunately, Disney heard the collective cries of Simpsons fans everywhere and is making the first 19 seasons of Simpsons stream in 4:3. Seasons 20 and onward will still stream in 16:9 as intended. It’s been six months since the streaming service acquired the rights to the cartoon and began streaming episodes, but better late than never, right?

Another big boon for the Disney-owned streaming service is The Mandalorian, and the news that Timothy Olyphant is joining season 2 rocking Boba Fett’s iconic armor. That followed equally compelling reports that Rosario Dawson would be playing Ahsoka Tano, filling out the series already excellent cast with even more big-name talent.

While you wait for The Simpsons to return to its former 4:3 glory, here are the best Disney Plus movies and shows to stream right now.

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How to Stream the Original 4:3 Format of Simpsons on Disney+ – Guide

Disney Plus users can now view all 19 seasons of The Simpsons in their original 4:3 aspect ratio, as promised by Disney. When the subscription streaming service started, The Simpsons was only available in a remastered 16:9 aspect ratio, which meant viewers missed some visual jokes at the top or bottom of the frame. It didn’t take long for Disney to respond to public complaints by announcing that members would have the option of viewing episodes in 16:9 (suitable for contemporary widescreen TVs) or 4:3 (as originally broadcast).

Previously, all episodes of the animation on the streaming platform had been cut entirely to fit the new 16:9 aspect ratio, which meant that many visual jokes from previous episodes were completely cut. However, Disney+ has now made the first 19 seasons available in both proportions, with a few episodes from Season 20 included as well. After that, all seasons were made exclusively in 16:9 aspect ratio, so this option is no longer available.

How to watch The Simpsons in 4:3 (original aspect ratio) on Disney+

To watch The Simpsons in the original 4:3 aspect ratio, you need to turn off the remastered aspect ratio as it is the default setting on Disney+ for The Simpsons. Just follow these steps:

When this toggle is off, you will have The Simpsons formatted to 4:3.

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As of its launch day on Nov. 12, Disney+ has nearly 650 titles — both new and old — available to subscribers. One such title is “The Simpsons,” which has its first 30 seasons (out of 31) available to stream on the long-awaited platform. However, while that should be cause for celebration for long-time “Simpsons” heads — or even folks who want to finally get in on the series from the very beginning — instead it’s become cause for frustration.

That’s because the first 19 seasons of “The Simpsons” are currently streaming on Disney+ in the wrong aspect ratio, with the streaming service stretching the episodes from their original 4:3 aspect ratio to the now common widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio.

In the case of “The Simpsons,” instead of showing more with the stretching — because it’s animated, not live-action — it’s instead cropped the frame in order to look better post-stretching. This is particularly egregious because for a show heavy on visual gags like “The Simpsons,” said visual gags are now lost in translation (well, conversion) with the stretch to 16:9 aspect ratio. In this case, it might just be hip to be square.

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It’s an issue that has plagued a number of older shows on streaming platforms — notably “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which had production crew even showing up in shots because of the widescreen conversion. The shift allows these episodes to “fit” in modern widescreen televisions, as opposed to presenting as squares with black sidebars. (Those black bars were also decried by viewers — but it’s very debatable if they are worse than undercutting some of the content of the show.)

Dorkly’s Tristan Cooper tweeted a couple of notable examples:

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

Not only are the classic Simpsons episodes on Disney+ awkwardly cropped, but they're stretched in a lot of places too. Bart's head looks 4 inches wider here: pic.twitter.com/fCpmTPasGj

— Tristan Cooper (@TristanACooper) November 12, 2019

Fans expressed disappointment in the formatting, as did “Simpsons” writer Bill Oakley, who expressed his displeasure at the aspect ratio debacle in response to a now-deleted tweet.

"Just buy the dvds" or "just keep the dvds" is the shittiest rebuke to people complaining about aspect ratio or missing episodes, especially with The Simpsons

— Joshah Maccabee (@Joshy206) November 12, 2019

It’s amazing to finally be able to legally stream #TheSimpsons in Canada on #DisneyPlus but the aspect ratio is off and many characters are cropped and visual gags are lost. Please fix this 😊

— an actual kamikaze (@ethanisblank) November 12, 2019

What the fuck is the point of Disney+ if they can’t even put The Simpsons in the right aspect ratio

— Jinglepatty (@patrickhwillems) November 12, 2019

This isn’t just a symptom of standard streaming procedure either, as Fox eventually made sure to stream “The Simpsons” (via the FXX Simpsons World app) in the appropriate 4:3 aspect ratio after having the same 16:9 aspect ratio issues.

Disney+ has the technology, as well as the proper aspect ratio, to at least make it an option. IndieWire has reached out to Disney+ for comment.

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Fans of The Simpsons can rejoice, as the cartoon is back to its proper 4:3 aspect ratio on Disney+.

The entire Fox cartoon library was available to stream for the first time ever when Disney+ launched in November, but some fans cried foul that the ratio for first 19 seasons and part of 20th was remastered to a 16:9 widescreen format.

Disney said when the streaming service launched that it chose to release the episodes in a 16:9 aspect ratio “in order to guarantee visual quality and consistency across all 30 seasons.” The series did not move to the format officially until 2009.

Although the early cartoon seasons filled the modern TV screen, portions of any given scene were lopped off, which meant in some cases jokes were lost (such as in 1993 episode “Selma’s Choice” with a gag about the different varieties of Duff Beer all being the exact same brew).

Now, fans have the choice to watch those seasons of the long-running cartoon in 4:3 or 16:9. In the “details” section of the series, there is an option to toggle between the ratios.

The company announced in early April it heard fans loud and clear and was working on the change, which it said would be complete by late May.

The aspect ratio was not the only change Disney made to the series when it launched on Disney+. “Stark Raving Dad,” the 1991 installment that kicked off the Fox cartoon’s third season, was scrubbed from the platform.

It is assumed “Stark Raving Dad” is off Disney+ because Michael Jackson (not officially credited) was the guest star. Jackson voiced Leon Kompowsky, a man Homer meets while in a mental institution who sounds like Jackson.

The episode was considered by fans to be a classic, but in March 2019, “Stark Raving Dad” was pulled from broadcast circulation following the release of the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland. The late pop singer’s estate has vehemently denied all allegations made in the doc.

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After six months, the day has finally come: The Simpsons is now available on Disney+ in 4:3 ratio, the original format of the show for nearly 20 seasons. When The Simpsons first premiered with Disney+ in November last year, subscribers found that some of the show’s episodes looked a little different than they remembered seeing them. That’s because Disney+ made every episode available to watch in 16:9 ratio, not the original 4:3 ratio they had been created in.

Thankfully, Disney+ has fixed the ratio issue and is now letting users watch The Simpsons as it was originally created. In April, the streamer announced that they’d be releasing episodes in 4:3 ratio for users to stream, and last week, they confirmed the episodes would be available starting May 28.

Episodes won’t automatically switch over, though. Here’s everything you need to know about watching The Simpsons in 4:3 ratio on Disney+:

Why Did Disney+ Change The Simpsons Ratio?

When The Simpsons first premiered in 1989, screens were smaller and shows were created in a 4:3 ratio. The show made the switch to 16:9 ratio in 2010, but Disney+ initially made every episode dating back to 1989 in the modern ratio, cutting out some of the show’s best visual jokes that had been included in the 4:3 version. Now, with the show restored in its original format, viewers can see the entire frame with nothing cut out.

What Episodes are Available in 4:3 Ratio on Disney+?

Not every episode of The Simpsons was made in 4:3 ratio, so not every episode on Disney+ will be available in 4:3 ratio. Because the show made the switch to 16:9 ratio halfway through Season 20 in 2010, the episodes that were created in 16:9 will remain that way, with no option to switch. But, episodes created in the original ratio (Seasons 1-20) will be available to stream in both 4:3 and 16:9 ratio.

How to Watch The Simpsons in 4:3 on Disney+:

Disney+ is giving customers the option to stream The Simpsons in 4:3 or 16:9 for Season 1-20. Episodes will automatically default to the 16:9 ratio, but earlier episodes will have a “Remastered Aspect Ratio” button that allows users to stream them in 4:3 ratio. To change the ratio to 4:3, users must disable the “Remastered Aspect Ratio” button under the Details tab of the episode they want to stream. Once an episode starts, there is no choice to change the ratio, so users need to first disable the button on the episode page. To change the episode back to 16:9, users can re-enable the “Remastered Aspect Ratio” button.

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They say that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Disney+ proved that bit of wisdom when it was launched some months ago with broken episodes of The Simpsons . Like FXX before it, it chose to crop the classic 4:3 episodes and ruined sight gags along the way.

The Simpsons has been around nearly forever. It debuted in 1989, which means it’s so old that my parents refused to let me watch that “horrible show that will warp your mind.” Compared to the shows that would follow like South Park , that’s a quaint thought.

But that also means the 31-year-old show predates modern widescreen TVs, and initially, it featured a 4:3 aspect ratio. That can look odd on today’s TVs unless you something to adjust the visuals. But what you shouldn’t do is crop it without thought, or you’ll end up ruining sight gags as Twitter user Tristen Cooper demonstrates.

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

That’s what happened to FXX when it launched Simpsons World in 2015, and it happened again with Disney+. The good news is that Simpsons writer and producer Al Jean says Disney+ will fix the problem on May 28th.

The even more important most important tweet I can make!
As always you have been heard! @theSimpsons episodes will be available in their original 4:3 aspect ratio on #DisneyPlus beginning 5/28.

— Al Jean (@AlJean) May 20, 2020

Disney+ confirmed the news not long after. So if you want to watch old episodes of Simpson for nostalgia’s sake (because let’s be honest, the early seasons’ animation was rough), at least now you’ll see it as the original artists intended.

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How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

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How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

When Disney Plus launched last November — with all 30 seasons of “The Simpsons” — it was immediately met with a backlash from fans. The problem: Older episodes were truncated to fit into a 16-by-9 frame, killing many of the show’s visual jokes.

Disney quickly pledged to restore the classic segments to their 4:3 aspect-ratio glory. But it’s taken more than six months to do that. Starting today (May 28), Disney Plus subscribers will now be able to watch older episodes of “The Simpsons” in the original aspect ratio.

So what took so long?

Basically, the Disney Plus team had to reconfigure its content-delivery engine and build a brand-new feature to accommodate a concept it hadn’t previously anticipated: Giving viewers access to the same content but with different underlying video attributes, according to Joe Rice, VP of media product at Disney Streaming Services. And, it had to do that without breaking any of the existing features of Disney Plus.

“We needed to challenge prior assumptions and rethink how content for streaming is packaged and delivered,” Rice says.

The new Disney Plus product feature launching today — available across mobile, web and connected-TV devices — lets subscribers toggle between playing “The Simpsons” episodes in the original 4:3 aspect ratio (when available) or their remastered 16:9 widescreen formats.

A key goal for DSS was to ensure existing Disney Plus features, including Continue Watching, Watchlists, and the ability to binge by auto-playing episodes in sequential order, would still work as expected regardless of the aspect-ratio mode. As Rice explains, “The new 4:3 versions couldn’t be treated as standalone, bonus content.”

Originally, Disney said it provided all episodes of “The Simpsons” in 16:9 format at launch “in order to guarantee visual quality and consistency across all 30 seasons.” The company should have anticipated that wouldn’t go over well: FX Networks’ Simpsons World app launched in 2014 with cropped older segments to fit into 16:9, prompting a backlash that resulted in FX restoring the 4:3 segments.

It’s clear why the cropped episodes are unacceptable — in fact, Disney Plus provided examples of how shoehorning the old 4:3 videos into 16:9 widescreen format destroys “The Simpsons” sight gags (the cropped 16:9 versions are on the left; the original 4:3 versions are on the right):

How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney
How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

Some background: Disney Streaming Services uses the MovieLabs Digital Distribution Framework (MDDF) industry standard, which defines the methods for representing content assets and associated metadata. The issue was that the existing content model assumed only one video edit (while multiple audio or subtitle components could be associated with that video asset) for each Entertainment Identifier Registry (EIDR) ID tag.

So the DSS team revamped its content model to introduce the concept of multiple media “facets,” or multiple combinations of audio, video, and subtitle components. Now, components delivered under the same EIDR ID can be grouped in multiple combinations, laying the groundwork to support user-selected aspect ratio preference while maintaining existing content interaction features.

By creating the facets-based content model, DSS also was able to reuse thousands of audio and subtitle components that already existed for the 428 episodes on Disney Plus, along with episode-specific artwork and other metadata.

According to Rice, the facets content model “opens up a number of exciting opportunities for novel ways of presenting content in the future.”

“The Simpsons” aired on Fox in a 4:3 aspect ratio from its premiere in 1989 to 2010. In 2010, partway through the show’s 20th season, it switched to a 16:9 format. The Matt Groening-created show is the longest-running primetime scripted show, and has been renewed for seasons 31 and 32.

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How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

The greatest comedy in television history became a part of the Disney family when the mega-corporation gobbled up Fox last year, like so many forbidden donuts. Beyond having to make nice with the cartoon mouse American’s family had so openly antagonized over the decades, the deal meant that The Simpsons would have a permanent home on the new Disney+ streaming service.

That meant all 30 seasons of the longest-running prime-time series would be available in one place — albeit with one major catch. Disney went ahead and “remastered” the series, an act that largely involved stretching older episodes from their native 4:3 aspect ratio to 16:9.

It was, understandably, enough to raise the ire of fans paying $7 a month to watch the beloved series. The resulting episodes looked distorted and important sight gags were lost to cropping. And The Simpsons without sight gags might as well be The Thompsons. There were annoyed grunts amid the fan base, and Disney backed slowly into the hedge.

How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

The long-promised fix is finally here. Turns out it was easier said than done. Episodes will still pop up in the remastered aspect ratio by default, but clicking into the show description and “Details” from the main menu will let you toggle that off. The move will return the shows to 4:3 up to Season 20, when the show began to be natively produced in 16:9.

Disney+ saves the Simpsons: Classic 4:3 instead of bad 16:9

How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

Moaning helps! Sometimes at least. After users complained about the strange 16:9 scaling of the old Simpsons episodes on Disney+, especially on social networks and forums, the old episodes are now starting in their original format. This means that Simpsons fans can now watch all episodes in classic 4:3 format on Disney+.

Disney promised that and delivered today.

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The streaming provider has finally responded to user complaints. The 16:9 format had previously caused some trouble, because the new scaling meant that important elements could not be seen at all and one or the other gag was castrated. In any case, part of the image fell out and understandably that didn’t make the fan base anything but happy. So the change is just right. Tip: If you don’t have a Disney subscription yet, you can try the service for seven days free of charge.

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In addition to the format update, there is also new content from The Simpsons to see. From May 29, the new Simpsons short film “The Longest Day at Daycare” starts worldwide.

Our long national nightmare is over : As of this writing, Disney+ subscribers can view episodes from the first 19-plus seasons of The Simpsons in the proper aspect ratio, restoring punchlines to visual-information-rich frames like the one above.

When clicking on the “Details” tab on the Simpsons show page, users are able to toggle between the remastered 16:9 crop and the original 4:3. Please refrain from tasting the toggle; instead, click on it to reveal Big Butt Skinner’s big butt.

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Episodes that debuted after the show’s 2010 conversion to high-definition remain available exclusively in 16:9; users are also still able to watch everything from before “Take My Life, Please” in the HD aspect ratio, like some kind of sicko who wants to see the Wiggums and Principal Skinner squashed and stretched.

And so ends another extremely trivial skirmish in the streaming wars. And no one will ever mention it again… under penalty of torture. (Until the next time The Simpsons moves to a new platform, and we do this all over again.)

How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

Watching The Simpsons in widescreen on Disney Plus crops out some visual gags, but that’s about to change.

The Simpsons is about to get funnier. Kind of. Since the hit animated show’s first 30 seasons became available on Disney Plus last fall, the episodes have been shown only in widescreen , which cuts out some visual gags that can’t be seen in that format. But on Wednesday, longtime Simpsons writer and producer Al Jean tweeted that a change is coming to Springfield.

“The even more important most important tweet I can make!” Jean wrote. “As always you have been heard! The Simpsons episodes will be available in their original 4:3 aspect ratio on Disney Plus beginning May 28.”

The even more important most important tweet I can make!
As always you have been heard! @theSimpsons episodes will be available in their original 4:3 aspect ratio on #DisneyPlus beginning 5/28.

— Al Jean (@AlJean) May 20, 2020

The official Disney Plus account confirmed Jean’s news, adding a Homer-esque “WOO HOO!”

The widescreen version meant characters’ faces looked unusually stretched out, and some jokes were lost entirely. Back in November, Tristan Cooper of Dorkly and CollegeHumor pointed out on Twitter that the widescreen format destroyed a season 4 joke where Duff, Duff Lite and Duff Dry beer are all shown coming from the same pipe.

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

Disney Plus had been showing all episodes with a 16:9 aspect ratio, which The Simpsons didn’t switch to until season 20, CNET sister site TV Guide reported.

How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

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How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

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.

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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.

How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

acquired over 10 million paid members, has many titles such as Marvel and Star Wars series as well as Disney works. Some of the longest-lived “ The Simpsons ” are included as an American anime program, but it has been pointed out that “The Simpsons has been killed by being distributed on Disney +” The

Disney + offers the last 30 seasons of The Simpsons. The Simpsons is the longest-running American anime program that started in 1989, so the old episode has a 4: 3 aspect ratio instead of “16: 9” unlike the latest TV program.

THE SIMPSONS Disney + Official Trailer (2019)-YouTube

For Disney +, a streaming service launched by Disney, the past 30 seasons of The Simpsons are delivered in an aspect ratio of 16: 9, and episodes created in the past 4: 3 have been cropped. . Of course, Disney + does not have an option to change the aspect ratio of the video being played. Therefore, the episodes for the last 20 seasons of The Simpsons seem to have lost a lot of gag due to aspect ratio changes.

Specifically, what Tristan Cooper explains on Twitter is as follows:

“In the old episode of The Simpsons distributed on Disney +, the following“ Duff, ”“ Duff Light, ”and“ Duff Dry ”are all fed from the same tube, trimmed to a 16: 9 widescreen format. To be missed. ''

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

This is the original 4: 3 aspect ratio video. You can see that Duff, Duff Light, and Duff Dry are supplied from the same tube.
How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

However, in the video with an aspect ratio of 16: 9 distributed on Disney +, the end of the tube is not visible due to trimming, so it is clear that there is no joke.

How to watch classic “simpsons” in original 43 format on disney

The Simpsons has encountered the same situation in the past. When we wanted to deliver the first episode of The Simpsons on FOX 's FX Networks in 2015, it was pointed out that the gag was killed because the aspect ratio was changed to 16: 9, and FX Networks finally changed the aspect ratio. Added an option to play 4: 3.

The Simpsons fans and critics thought FX Networks had an option to change the aspect ratio from the start because there was a case with FX Networks. However, this was not the case, resulting in many complaints about Disney.

Some Twitter users complain that there is no aspect ratio change option, saying ‘Disney + has degenerated from the FX Networks app.’

Going to register my first Disney + concern at 6:13 am. You can't choose an aspect ratio for THE SIMPSONS nor can you listen to the audio commentaries, making it a step down from the old, now-defunct FX app. fans less than they already had?

— Keith Phipps (@ kphipps3000) November 12, 2019

Disney has made an official statement against these criticisms: “To ensure visual quality and consistency in all episodes of the last 30 seasons, the aspect ratio was fixed at 16: 9 at the start of the service. However, over time, Disney + will roll out new features and additional display options, and as part of that, Disney + will be the first of The Simpsons in early 2020. “We will be able to watch 19 episodes and some episodes of season 20 in the same 4: 3 aspect ratio as the original version,” he says.