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bilky asko5,671 posts since 9 Sep 2006
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
I guess it's conceivable it was mastered using a vector-based rather than bitmap-based animation system so IF that data still exists you may be able to re-render in HD - but that feels like a long-shot...


The show was only animated with digital ink and paint (on a regular basis) from Season 14 onwards (2002), and the show was made in HD from 2009, so I presume that could only every apply to 7 years' worth of the show.
james-20016,014 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
You can see the film dirt, scratches and weave quite easily if you look closely on those pre-early 00s episodes, so they quite clearly did the animation on film, even if the post-production and mastering was done on video. Whether that film still exists is another question though. Maybe it doesn't, which is why they've just processed the SD masters, or it does but they did that way anyway because it's a lot quicker and cheaper (but looks terrible). It's quite clearly a rushed process after all, so maybe they didn't have the time and/or money to do a proper remaster.
Jonwo (previously Jonwo87) 914 posts since 20 Sep 2007
Quality of restoration of older TV shows and movies varies from studio to studio, Warner Bros for example has done restorations of both Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz and the results are stunning especially when you see it on TV as they provide the newer copies of those films. In regards to TV, Friends is one that comes to mind where the newer copies look better than they did originally.
noggin14,761 posts since 26 Jun 2001
Quality of restoration of older TV shows and movies varies from studio to studio, Warner Bros for example has done restorations of both Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz and the results are stunning especially when you see it on TV as they provide the newer copies of those films. In regards to TV, Friends is one that comes to mind where the newer copies look better than they did originally.


Yep - it all depends on whether you have decent source material, and the budget to recreate EDLs if they no longer exist and the show was originally shot on film and cut on tape.

ISTR that Star Trek : TNG used some image recognition stuff to match re-telecined HD rushes to the original SD edit masters as the EDLs didn't survive.

If you don't have the film elements and only have SD VT copies, then up conversion is the only route.
noggin14,761 posts since 26 Jun 2001
I guess it's conceivable it was mastered using a vector-based rather than bitmap-based animation system so IF that data still exists you may be able to re-render in HD - but that feels like a long-shot...


The show was only animated with digital ink and paint (on a regular basis) from Season 14 onwards (2002), and the show was made in HD from 2009, so I presume that could only every apply to 7 years' worth of the show.


Yes - thinking about it The Simpsons has been around since The Tracey Ullman Show hasn't it - so it must have originally been a film animation.

I remember it being digitally produced in the early 00s when it was still SD - I wonder whether that was 480-line SD rendered?