Georg Holm and Orri Dyrason are, respectively, the bassist and drummer for Sigur Rós. They’re also producers for The Three Dogateers Save Christmas, a 2014 movie about three talking dogs who take it upon themselves to save Christmas from burglars. That’s the amazing poster above, which features the immortal tagline: “Christmas just went to the dogs.”
In an interview with The Grapevine, Dyrason confirmed his and Holm’s involvement—”us serious artist types all banded together to produce a talking dog movie”—which came about when a childhood friend was looking to invest in a film. “Our dream was to get Chevy Chase to star in it,” he said. “You know, a Christmas movie with Chevy Chase—it can’t go wrong.”
Dyrason talked about how working as a producer, rather than as the artist, taught him some “very valuable lessons” about how to be cost-effective. “We were very stringent, pinching pennies at every opportunity,” he said. “If you watch the movie, you’ll notice that the dogs’ mouths are sometimes obscured by strategically placed Christmas tree branches when they’re supposed to be talking—that’s because the budget for the animation software stuff that makes it look like the dogs’ mouths are moving in synch with the voice acting ran out, and we refused to raise it. There was lots of stuff like that going on.”
“We were completely serious about the production,” he said. “It was an investment. We did it to make some money. It’s not as if we place any kind of meaning or importance in that film. We didn’t foster any artistic ambitions or anything like that. It’s a talking dog movie, you know. We just wanted to make some money, and we worked hard to meet our goal.”
He continued: “All of the sudden, I could sort of understand record company people. Those guys just want money, they don’t mean anything by anything—they don’t care about music—they just want to make money. And that’s great, because we need record companies that make money so people like me can focus on making music.”
He also confirmed that Jurassic Bark, a sequel that sees the Dogateers embarking on a quest for “the world’s biggest bone” (a dinosaur bone), is in production. (Indiana Bones may also be in the works.) As for whether people should see The Three Dogateers, he said: “You can try, but it’s a horrible movie. I doubt you’ll manage to finish it. I don’t think I did.”
The Three Dogateers Save Christmas stars Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”) and can be considered the polar opposite of Heima, their 2007 concert film. Below, you can watch the trailer.