Earlier this week, it was revealed that Disney was closing down the Lucasfilm/ Industrial Light & Magic, VFX and animation studio in Singapore, as part of a continued effort to save over $5 billion dollars.

Over 300 employees have been impacted by the decision. Disney maintains studios in many other locations, including San Francisco, London, Mumbai and Sydney.   Disney will give its employees as much notice as possible and some are being offered opportunities to relocate to one of the company’s other studios.   Disney will also be hosting some job fair events to try to help employees move onto other jobs. A few years ago, Lucasfilm sold the building, which is known as the Sandcrawler, due to it looking like the infamous Jawa vehicle from the film, to the Blackstone Group for $133 million.

The studio opened back in 2004 and has worked on many shows, including the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” animated series and many Star Wars fans have been worried about how the closure of the Singapore studios might impact future Star Wars animated shows, even though the main animation headquarters of Lucasfilm is still in San Francisco.

Joel Aron, who is the Director of Cinematography Lighting & FX for “Star Wars: The Bad Batch”, has taken to social media to update fans on how the closure of the studio in Singapore doesn’t impact on the production of the third and final season of “Star Wars: The Bad Batch”, which is due to arrive on Disney+ in 2024.

Lucasfilm Animation is not closing. FYI.

And in a now-deleted post, Joel said:

“Just to be clear, we’re not affected by this closure. LAL is not in Singapore 🙂 we’ve always been at either the ranch or where we are now in SF (or working from home!). We are still ferociously busy working with Cgcg to bring you all s3 of ‘The Bad Batch’ and ‘Tales of the Jedi.'”

It’s not known what impact the closure of the Singapore office will have on future projects, but it doesn’t look like it will impact on ‘The Bad Batch’ and ‘Tales of the Jedi.'”   Though this isn’t the only issue that could slow down production, since the actor’s and writer’s strikes are impacting on many projects, though work on most animation shows can continue, as the voice actors have already recorded their parts for the show, as Omega voice actress Michelle Ang confirmed this on social media in June.

“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in “The Clone Wars”) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch—a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army—each possess a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.

At the Star Wars Celebration event in London, it was revealed that “The Bad Batch” would return for a final season, and a teaser trailer was released.

While we wait for the third season of “The Bad Batch”, the previous two seasons are available to stream now on Disney+, along with “The Clone Wars”, which the Singapore team worked on.

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Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Roger@WhatsOnDisneyPlus.com Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk

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