So are the Simpsons Disney characters now?
Technically, yes. Weird, right? Disney now owning The Simpsons catalogue has become one of the most fraught parts of the Fox acquisition. Matt Groening and James L. Brooks' sitcom had a history of making fun of the Mouse and its capitalist tendencies, even predicting Disney's corporate takeover in a 1998 episode. When Disney+ launched, it stirred outrage among Simpsons fans who were angry that the show wasn't available in its original aspect ratio, essentially chopping off visual gags.
Wait, isn't The Simpsons for adults?
Obviously, plenty of people, across generations, have grown up watching The Simpsons, but the thrill of catching episodes when you're at a formative age is that the humor is often more mature than you are. Still, Disney has been wrestling with what to do with content that doesn't fit within its "family friendly" box in this new era, especially when it comes to streaming platforms. It recently booted a show spinning off the movie Love, Simon, a Fox title, to Hulu, which it also now owns, from Disney+ after reportedly deeming its content too risqué for the latter platform. The Lizzie McGuire reboot hangs in limbo as its star Hilary Duff advocates for a storyline befitting a 30-year-old woman. But it appears that Disney has firmly decided that The Simpsons should be categorized with the rest of its more theoretically wholesome animated fare, even if that's not keeping within the history of The Simpsons.