November 18, 2019 3:32 pm

Disney+ meddling with “Star Wars” and “The Simpsons”

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Yo, Mr. and Mrs. Mouse. Leave it alone! It doesn’t matter what “it” is — stop meddling and give it to us the way it was made. We don’t want you misshaping it onto Disney+. Thank you.

I sound bonkers, but Disney+ are meddling, and as a Grade 1 geek, I like my content the way history gave it to us. No do-overs.

What am I on about? Well…

The Han Solo-Greedo scene changed again!


This change was allegedly done by Mr. Star Wars himself, George Lucas, pre-Disney acquisition. Whether it was, or wasn’t, leave it alone!

Poor Han and Greedo, they’ve been in this “Who shot first?” debate for decades. It’s changed three times so far, and this latest cut alters it again.

The original showed Han Solo shooting first. Ruthless! Then in 1997, Greedo shot first. So Han’s defending himself now!?!! Now, in 2019, I have no idea what happens. Greedo says “Maclunky”, no subtitles — thanks, George! Then we have a quick draw scenario and splodge; Greedo’s smoked.

It’s a better scene, but c’mon. Han’s gone from ruthless, to defending himself, to a quick draw expert. Then it’s never, ever shown again. Marvelous. If only history could be rewritten over and over until you get it right!

The Simpsons are double-cropped


The first crop is the deepest. You could almost make a tear-jerking country song about Disney+ meddling going on with The Simpsons. So hold onto your slacks!

First up is the change from 4:3 to 16:9. It’s a techie change that’ll mean nothing to most. For me, it’s hardcore meddling. By taking the original from an old square tube to widescreen, you’ve got to zoom in on the show. The bigger problem is that they’re cropping jokes out of scenes!

Crop numero two is to whole episodes. That’s right, episodes are missing from Disney+’s The Simpsons. For example, the Michael Jackson one is gone!

This missing episode issue isn’t exclusive to The Simpsons either…

  • Andi Mack
  • Darkwing Duck
  • DuckTales
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Little Mermaid
  • Recess
  • Tron: Uprising


Disney+ are obviously doing it for a reason.

Disney+ acknowledges and reacts

It’s not only me. Plenty of fans have complained, so much so Disney has already reacted.

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.

Disney on The Simpsons aspect ratio

In an ideal world, Disney+ will not only stop meddling but roll out everything, including all missing episodes and the original Star Wars movies.

I live with A New Hope!

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