In addition to being the bassist and drummer for Sigur Rós, Georg Holm and Orri Dyrason served as producers on the 2014 holiday film and talking dog movie The Three Dogateers Save Christmas. Dyrason elaborated on their involvement in an interview with The Reykjavík Grapevine (via Pitchfork). Here’s how it all came about:
Well. We had just arrived to Los Angeles from Hong Kong, to record a performance for Jay Leno. I was really tired after a long trip, but I knew my childhood friend Sindri [Már Finnbogason, formerly of noted Reykjavík indie-rock outfit Wool, currently CEO & Founder of online ticket vendor Tix.is] was in town, enjoying some time off between projects, so I called him up to see if something fun was going on. He was literally poolside at the Beverly Hilton when I reached him, leafing through a pile of scripts, because he’d always wanted to invest in a film.
I went to meet him by the pool, and we hung out and browsed through the pile. It was a mixed bag, mostly low-budget horror movies. We got really excited, however, when we found a Christmas movie that had talking dogs in it—‘The Three Dogateers Save Christmas’! We immediately started planning the production. Our dream was to get Chevy Chase to star in it. You know, a Christmas movie with Chevy Chase—it can’t go wrong. When Chevy fell through, we acquired the talents of Dean Cain, and… the rest is history!
A few friends of ours also got involved in the endeavour, like Goggi [Sigur Rós bassist Georg Hólm]—us serious artist types all banded together to produce a talking dog movie. IT turned out to be a great investment, and it also taught me some very valuable lessons.
He goes on to discuss budgeting the movie, and their goal to make some cash: “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.”
He mentions that a sequel, Jurassic Bark, is in the works. Read the entire interview here, and watch the trailer for the film below.
Here’s the plot synopsis for The Three Dogateers Save Christmas:
When they are left on their own a few days before Christmas, three white little fur balls get their paws into a world of trouble. A couple of no-good burglars have made off with all of the family’s presents and decorations, and it’s time for the Three Dogateers to unite! The always-hungry Barkos, the pampered purebred Wagos and the adventure-loving Arfamis set off on a journey to sniff out the bad guys. But with the world’s meanest dogcatcher hot on their tails, they may need a little help from Santa Claus himself to save Christmas!
UPDATE: The sequel, Jurassic Bark — also the name of one of the best Futurama episodes of all time — has now been officially announced, as Pitchfork reports. (Only one Sigur Rós member, Orri Dyrason is a producer on this one.) It’s coming in 2016, and according to a press release, “Jurassic Bark follows two space dogs as they traverse galaxies and time in search of the elusive ‘bone of enlightenment.'” Now there’s a trailer, which is, for some reason, a Star Wars parody. Watch below.