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Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh
Drake & Josh DVD = Merry Christmas
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Directed by: Michael Grossman
Written by: Dan Schneider
Steven Molaro
Music by: Backhouse Mike
Distributed by: Nickelodeon Original Movie
Release date: December 5, 2008 (USA)
December 15, 2008 (CAN)
December 21, 2008 (UK)
Running time: 1 hour, 34 minutes
Preceded by: Drake & Josh Go Hollywood
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Drake as Santa with Josh as Christmas Bag

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Drake and Josh peeking out seeing the "snow."

Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh (previously under the working title as Drake and Josh: Best Christmas Ever) is a television movie, and the first new program that came out of the Drake & Josh franchise in over a year. Josh Peck, Drake Bell, Miranda Cosgrove, Nancy Sullivan and Jonathan Goldstein reprise their roles as Drake Parker, Josh Nichols, Megan Parker, Audrey Parker, and Walter Nichols respectively; several recurring characters from the TV series also reappeared.

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, Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, both owned by Disney Channel.

The film was made after the end of the original Drake & Josh series.

Production

A brand new Drake & Josh TV movie tentatively entitled "Merry Christmas, Drake and Josh" began production on July 7, 2008, and wrapped up production on August 15, 2008. It premiered on December 5, 2008.

Series creator Dan Schneider returned as writer and executive producer, with Lauren Levine executive producing. Michael Grossman (Zoey 101) directed the feature.

Unlike the earlier Drake & Josh film, Drake & Josh Go Hollywood, this film was presented in High Definition.

Plot

This holiday season, join the entire cast of the hit TV series, Drake and Josh, in the exciting movie adventure, "Merry Christmas, Drake and Josh!" Coming straight to you on DVD, you'll experience laugh after laugh with Josh Peck, rockin' musical performances from Drake Bell, and a spankin' new song from Miranda Cosgrove! This awesome holiday movie also features guest appearances from Henry Winkler and MMA fighting champion, Kimbo Slice!

Cast

From the original series

The show's vast majority of recurring characters returned for the special, all played by their original actors.

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

Movie only

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

Music

Miranda Cosgrove did a cover of "Christmas Wrapping", and the song became the single of the movie, but no soundtrack was released. The singe was released on iTunes. Drake Bell made a music video for his cover of "Jingle Bells" which promoted the movie and can be seen on the DVD.

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