Igor Khait, an animation producer whose credits include Gnomeo & Juliet and the upcoming feature Sing, died Monday of pancreatic cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 52.

Gnomeo & JulietAfter launching his career at Amblin Entertainment in 1989, Khait served as production manager on the toon features Bebe’s Kids (1992), Quest for Camelot (1998) and Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001). His next gig was as associate producer on Disney’s Brother Bear, which earned an Oscar nom for Best Animated Feature. He also was a producer on Everybody’s Hero (2006), co-producer on 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet and story department co-producer on the 2014 hit The Lego Movie. Other credits include Disney’s short Leroy & Stitch, the CBS series Family Dog and Christmas special A Wish for Wings That Work, based on the Bloom County comic strip.

Sing 2Until recently, Khait had been in Paris working as a co-producer on the upcoming Illumination Entertainment move Sing, featuring Matthew McConaugheyReese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly and Taron Egerton. It centers on a koala (McConaughey) whose once-bustling theater is on the skids and who comes up with a plan to revive it: by holding a singing contest that’s open to everyone and boasts a $100,000 prize. The competition draws the talented and not-as-talented of the animal kingdom. The film opens December 21 via Universal.

freeling10
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Truly one of the world’s finest individuals, hands down. Igor enriched the lives of all who knew...
Gregg Goldman
3 months
Truly one of the world's finest individuals, hands down. Igor enriched the lives of all who knew...
Nadav
3 months
Igor was one of the most decent individuals I had encountered in this industry ,years after working...

Khait is survived by his wife, Gayle; children Isabelle and Elias; and his mother, stepfather and sister.