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Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh
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Genre Christmas comedy
Created by Dan Schneider
Written by Dan Schneider
Steven Molaro
Directed by Michael Grossman
Starring Drake Bell
Josh Peck
Miranda Cosgrove
Bailee Madison
David Pressman
Kimbo Slice
Henry Winkler
Jerry Trainor
Yvette Nicole Brown
Nancy Sullivan
Jonathan Goldstein
Theme music composer Backhouse Mike
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Scott McAboy
Amy Sydorick
Drake Bell
Josh Peck
Running time 94 minutes
Production company(s) Schneider's Bakery
Nickelodeon Productions Pacific Bay Entertainment
Distributor Nickelodeon Original Movies
Release
Original network Nickelodeon
Original release December 5, 2008 (2008-12-05)
Chronology
Preceded by Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh Go Hollywood

Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh (also known as Drake & Josh: Best Christmas Ever) is a 2008 American television movie based on the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh. 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 movie aired on Nickelodeon a year after the show's original end in 2007. The film premiered on December 5, 2008, as a Nickelodeon Original Movie. 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.

Plot

Shortly before Christmas, Walter and Audrey decide to leave home for a tropical vacation. Their children Drake and Megan come home while Josh shows them his snowman air balloon decoration, which Megan sabotages. Later at the mall, Drake tells Josh that he will be throwing a Christmas party on the roof of his workplace the Premiere, which Josh is unsure of, but Helen approves on the condition that Drake dresses as Santa at the mall. While hiding from a woman looking to kiss him, Drake meets a little girl named Mary Alice who says she is a fan of his music. In his rush to get away, Drake accidentally makes an unbreakable promise that he will give her family the best Christmas ever. At the party, Craig and Eric suggest to Drake that he perform a song in the upcoming Christmas parade, but Drake explains that he will be in Las Vegas at a concert. Later on, some party crashers show up whom Josh calls the police on, but he falls off the roof after they arrive during a mix-up, landing in the back of a moving pickup truck with the police trailing close behind, eventually rolling out only to be arrested. In jail, he meets his cellmate, Bludge. At first, Bludge tries to beat him up until Josh entertains him with magic tricks. However, Bludge explains that he has a tough-guy image to maintain, but since he likes Josh, they agree on a compromise: Bludge will hit various parts of the cell while Josh pretends to shout in pain, giving the other convicts the illusion that Bludge is beating him up.

Knowing he must fulfill his promise after Mary Alice tells him about her sick foster mom and busy foster dad, Drake attempts to break Josh out to help him, only to get caught and arrested. Drake and Josh are sent to court, with Helen acting as their lawyer. She informs Judge Newman of Drake's promise to Mary Alice, who decides that they will not be sent to jail as long as they fulfill it. Afterwards, they meet their cruel and embittered parole officer Perry Gilbert, who says he will ask Mary Alice's family asking if they had the best Christmas ever; if any of them say "no", they will go to jail. The duo soon meet Mary Alice's foster family, which include frequently feuding twins Lily and Violet, Zigfee, a foreign boy who speaks an unknown language, know-it-all Trey, and Mary Alice's rebellious, loner older brother Luke. They find many possibilities to give the family the best Christmas ever, but their attempts are foiled by Officer Gilbert. Drake and Josh enlist Megan's help to sabotage Officer Gilbert's doings by bribing her with Trevor's rare Smith Royal oboe; however, she stops upon discovering it was fake.

Josh then visits Officer Gilbert's mother, who explains that as a child, Officer Gilbert always wanted a live pet chimpanzee for Christmas. One Christmas morning, he found one sitting in a cage by the tree. However, when he opened the cage door to play with it, the chimp attacked him, urinated on him, then jumped out the window, causing him to hate Christmas ever since. Drake and Josh realize that since Christmas was ruined for him, he wants to ruin it for everyone else.

Drake and Josh eventually decide to take Mary Alice's family caroling; however, nobody in their neighborhood listens to them. The group decides to put on a concert, performing a rock rendition of "12 Days of Christmas", which the entire family loves so much they decide to perform it in the Christmas parade. At the parade, Officer Gilbert tricks Crazy Steve into loudly reminding the duo in front of Mary Alice that they will go to prison if they do not keep their promise. Believing they were only being nice to avoid punishment, Mary Alice and her family leave heartbroken. Despite the family's anger towards them, Drake and Josh are determined to keep their promise. Meanwhile, they also send Officer Gilbert a nice chimpanzee as a Christmas present along with a heartfelt letter, which causes him to begin loving Christmas again. They then borrow Steve's wood chipper ("Sally") to make it snow in front of Mary Alice's house by putting ice in the machine, but it inadvertently shoots large chunks at the house, shattering all the windows. After the machine knocks both brothers unconscious, Officer Gilbert brings them home. The brothers enter the living room the next morning, where Mary Alice's family surprises them, having learned from Officer Gilbert that the two were not actually using them to stay out of prison. The vote is held, with everyone voting "yes". Drake and Josh are officially off probation and charges officially dropped. Bludge, dressed as Santa, then comes down the chimney to deliver gifts to everyone, including a real Smith Royal oboe for Megan. Josh's girlfriend Mindy, who had left town for the holidays, arrives too after hearing about everything that happened, and Steve gets Sally to make snow by using 7,000 pounds of hard cheese. Drake and Josh's parents then arrive home from their troubled vacation at their "bungalow", which turned out to be a small hut made of bamboo and was blown away earlier in a tropical storm. As everyone plays in the blanket of "cheese snow", they truly have the best Christmas ever.

Cast

From the TV show

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 Mitchell Jake Farrow
Mrs. Hayfer Julia Duffy

Movie only

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 Johansson Devon Graye
Lily Camille Goldstein
Violet Cosette Goldstein
Trey Daven Wilson
Zigfee David Gore
Bludge Kimbo Slice
Officer Perry J. Gilbert David Pressman
Judge Newman Henry Winkler

Music

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, and 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

The premiere of Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh had 8.095 million viewers.