Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh

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Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh
Merry Christmas Drake Josh DVD.jpg
DVD cover
Distributed by Nickelodeon Original Movies
Directed by Michael Grossman
Written by Dan Schneider
Steven Molaro
Starring Josh Peck
Drake Bell
Miranda Cosgrove
Bailee Madison
David Pressman
Kimbo Slice
Jacob Hopes
Henry Winkler
Jerry Trainor
Yvette Nicole Brown
Nancy Sullivan
Jonathan Goldstein
Music by Backhouse Mike
Production company Schneider's Bakery
Nickelodeon Productions
Country United States
Language English
Original channel Nickelodeon
Release date December 5, 2008
Running time 94 minutes
Preceded by Drake & Josh


Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh is a television movie, based on the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh.[1][2] Drake Bell, Josh Peck, Miranda Cosgrove, Nancy Sullivan, and Jonathan Goldstein reappear as their respective characters; with several recurring characters from the TV series also reappearing.

The film premiered on December 5, 2008, as a Nickelodeon Original Movie.[3] It was the third most viewed TV movie on cable behind High School Musical 2 and Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, both owned by Disney Channel.

The film premiered 15 months after the end of the original Drake & Josh series, despite not being the series finale of the show.

Plot[edit]

The film starts off with a snowglobe showing the Parker-Nichols home. Walter (Jonathan Goldstein) and Audrey (Nancy Sullivan) prepare to leave for a tropical vacation. Drake (Drake Bell) and Megan (Miranda Cosgrove) return home and Josh (Josh Peck) shows them his snowman air balloon decoration. Megan cuts the string, making the snowman glide away leading to Josh running after it. The scene shifts to Drake and Josh going to the Premiere. Drake tells Josh that he will be throwing a Christmas party on the roof of the Premiere, which Josh does not approve of because he is not sure that Helen (Yvette Nicole Brown) would approve either. Drake tells him that he has already spoken with Helen about it and that it is fine as long as she is invited (and if there are churros).

Helen hands Drake a Santa costume to wear in the mall. Josh is upset because Helen told him that he could not be Santa (since he lost weight over the years). Meanwhile Audrey and Walter make it to their island, which turns out to be a disaster. Back at the mall, Drake makes out with a teenage girl. Josh is annoyed and tries to get their attention eventually yelling "Santa!!" at which point they break. One of the other people, which happens be to an overweight woman who likes Drake, waiting in line for Santa, climbs on Drake to kiss him, starts to chase him eventually leading him to steal an old ladies electronic wheelchair to flee from her. He hides and he meets a little girl named Mary Alice Johansson (Bailee Madison). She says she and her family want the best Christmas ever. He made a Christmas promise he will do so; but it is said in the film that "you can't break a Christmas promise", and Drake does not realize he will have to give her family the "best Christmas ever".

Next they're at Drake's Christmas party up on the roof of the Premiere. At the party, Mindy (Allison Scagliotti) has to leave to go and visit her grandparents, leaving Josh upset. Crazy Steve (Jerry Trainor) shows up in front of Drake and Josh, and shows them a wood chipper called "Sally" on his cell phone. Craig (Alec Medlock) and Eric (Scott Halberstadt) come and tell Drake that the last song was great and he should perform it in the Christmas parade, but Drake says that the parade is for dorks and losers and that he is going to Las Vegas for Christmas to hear a band play inviting Josh when he gets upset that they will not be able to spend Christmas together. Later on, a few party crashers come to the party. When Josh calls the cops, they inadvertently mistake him for one of the party crashers and arrest him. With his attention turned away from Drake, Josh falls off the roof and lands in the back of a pickup truck, which drives off with the police trailing close behind.

When the truck turns at an intersection, Josh tumbles out, causing the police to arrest him. After Josh is arrested and sent to jail, he meets his prison roommate, Bludge (Kimbo Slice). At first, Bludge tries to beat him up, until Josh entertains Bludge with magic tricks. This makes Bludge change his mind about Josh. However, he says he claims he has to beat him up, so he can protect his reputation in jail. Bludge and Josh bang on the walls with Josh pretending to shout in pain, to get others to believe Josh is getting beat up.

Mary Alice brings up a story of how she has a sick foster mom and a busy foster dad. Drake knowing he has to fulfill that promise, attempts to break Josh out to help him. But is caught immediately after, landing both of them in trouble. Drake and Josh are sent to court and Helen acts as their lawyer. She tells Judge Newman (Henry Winkler) that Drake has made a promise to Mary Alice that he'd give her the best Christmas ever. Then the judge says that he will not send them to jail as long as they fulfill that promise.

They meet the cruel and embittered Officer Perry Gilbert (David Pressman), who says that he will take a vote from Mary Alice's family on Christmas asking them if they had the best Christmas ever. If any of them says no, they must go to jail. The duo soon meet Mary Alice's foster family, which include Lily and Violet (Camille and Cosette Goldstein), two frequently pounding-on-each-other twins, Zigfee (David Gore), a foreign guy who speaks an unknown language, Trey (Daven Wilson), a know-it-all, and Luke (Devon Graye), Mary Alice's rebellious older brother who refuses to participate with everyone else. They find many possibilities in giving Mary Alice's family the best Christmas ever, but their attempts are foiled by Officer Gilbert. Drake and Josh confront Megan, asking her to sabotage Officer Gilbert's doings by bribing her with Trevor's rare Smith Royal oboe, saying it was given to him by his grandfather. However, after soon realizing that he didn't actually own one, Megan refuses her promise to Drake and Josh.

Josh goes to visit Officer Gilbert's mother and claim they must hate them somehow for making their lives miserable. His mother claims that Officer Gilbert does not hate them and that he hates Christmas. Then, she tells them how Officer Gilbert always wanted a pet chimpanzee for Christmas. When he was eight on Christmas morning, he snuck downstairs and found there was a monkey sitting by the tree in a cage. But when he opened the cage door, it attacked him, causing him to hate Christmas ever since. Drake and Josh realize that since Christmas was ruined for him, he now wants to ruin it for everyone else.

At the Christmas parade, Officer Gilbert tricks Crazy Steve (who arrives in a DeLorean) into reminding the two in front of Mary Alice that they were only being kind to her so that they would not go to prison. Mary Alice and her family leave and threaten to vote "no" when the court asks them to vote, thinking jail as an appropriate punishment for Drake and Josh for deceiving the family.

Drake and Josh both decide to keep their promise no matter what. So the duo sends Officer Gilbert a sweet baby chimpanzee named Cookie as a Christmas present, completely changing his personality. Then, they try to use Crazy Steve's wood chipper to make it snow in front of Mary Alice's house. The wood chipper shoots large chunks of ice through the neighborhood where Mary Alice lives and causes more trouble as it destroys everything. The chipper then knocks out Drake and Josh and the now-kind Officer Gilbert and some other officers take them home. The next morning, Officer Gilbert explained to Mary Alice and her family what really happened; that Drake and Josh were not really trying to use them to stay out of prison.

They have Officer Gilbert and the other officers "arrest" them and bring them to the living room, where Mary Alice's family and other people surprise them. They then have the vote on whether they all had the best Christmas ever or not, with everyone voting "yes"; Zigfee learning his first English word. As they start singing, Josh's former cell mate Bludge comes down the chimney, breaking it in the process to deliver gifts to Mary Alice's family and others, including a Smith Royal oboe for Megan. Mindy arrives too, wanting to learn everything that happened and Crazy Steve gets "Sally" to make snow by using seven thousand pounds of "hard cheese". Drake and Josh's parents then arrive home from their troubled vacation at their "bungalow", which was blown away earlier in a tropical storm. As everyone plays in the blanket of "cheese snow", the film then draws to a close, as everyone truly has the best Christmas ever.

Cast[edit]

From the TV show[edit]

The show's vast majority of recurring characters returned for the special, all played by their original actors. Crazy Steve takes a more major role in this film, having a larger role in the film than Audrey or Walter.

Character Actor/Actress
Drake Parker Drake Bell
Josh Nichols Josh Peck
Megan Parker Miranda Cosgrove
Crazy Steve Jerry Trainor
Audrey Parker Nichols Nancy Sullivan
Walter Nichols Jonathan Goldstein
Mindy Crenshaw Allison Scagliotti
Eric Blonnowitz Scott Halberstadt
Craig Ramirez Alec Medlock
Helen Dubois Yvette Nicole Brown
Gavin Jake Farrow
Mrs. Hayfer Julia Duffy

Movie only[edit]

These characters all have a larger role than most characters, second only to Drake, Josh, and Megan.

Character Actor/Actress
Mary Alice Johansson Bailee Madison
Luke Devon Graye
Lily Camille Goldstein
Violet Cosette Goldstein
Trey Daven Wilson
Zigfee David Gore
Bludge Kimbo Slice
Officer Perry J. Gilbert David Pressman
Unknown Jacob Hopes
Judge Newman Henry Winkler

Music[edit]

The opening theme for the movie entitled "Christmas Promise" was composed and performed by Drake & Josh series composer Backhouse Mike. Miranda Cosgrove did a cover of "Christmas Wrapping", and the song became the single of the movie, but no soundtrack was released. The cast featuring Drake Bell, Josh Peck, & the kids do a cover of "12 Days of Christmas" in the movie. Drake Bell made a music video for his cover of "Jingle Bells" which promoted the movie and can be seen on the DVD.

Nielsen ratings[edit]

The premiere of Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh broke the record of most viewers for the premiere of a Nickelodeon Movie with 9.10 million viewers,[4] a title previously held by iGo to Japan.

Nickelodeon Date & Time (Eastern) Viewers (million)
1st Showing December 5, 2008 at 8pm 9.10
2nd Showing December 6, 2008 at 11am 4.76
3rd Showing December 6, 2008 at 7pm 4.15
4th Showing December 7, 2008 at 7pm 4.31
5th Showing December 12, 2008 at 4pm 4.30
6th Showing December 12, 2008 at 7pm 5.50
7th Showing December 13, 2008 at 7pm 4.19
8th Showing December 14, 2008 at 4pm 5.42
9th Showing December 15, 2008 at 7pm 2.73
10th Showing December 20, 2008 at 7pm 3.24
11th Showing December 22, 2008 at 5pm 3.94
12th Showing December 23, 2008 at 7pm 5.67
13th Showing December 24, 2008 at 3pm 6.47
14th Showing December 25, 2008 at 2pm 8.97
15th Showing December 25, 2008 at 4pm 1.97
16th Showing December 25, 2008 at 7pm 10.97
17th Showing December 26, 2008 at 3pm 5.19
18th Showing December 27, 2008 at 7pm 2.93
19th Showing December 28, 2008 at 7pm 1.19
20th Showing November 29, 2009 at 7pm 9.07
21st Showing December 24, 2009 at 8pm 9.29
22nd Showing December 25, 2009 at 8pm 9.97
23rd Showing December 11, 2010 at 8pm 9.87
24th Showing December 10, 2011 at 8pm 5.57
25th Showing December 16, 2011 at 5pm 6.44
26th Showing December 9, 2012 at 8:30pm 7.12
27th Showing December 15, 2012 at 6pm 6.82
28th Showing December 21, 2012 at 8pm TBC
29th Showing December 22, 2012 at 2:30pm TBC
30th Showing December 23, 2012 at 4pm TBC
31st Showing December 25, 2012 at 2pm TBC
32nd Showing December 1, 2013 at 5:30pm TBC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Episode Guide". TV.com. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  2. ^ The Telegraph
  3. ^ "Drake and Josh returning to TV in December 2008 on Nickelodeon". mollyandjake.com. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  4. ^ TVbytheNumbers.com

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