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Channel Flippin’ – "Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh" Review

December 14, 2008

Drake and Josh return to Nickelodeon for some Christmas merriment that strays from the original style of their show, but still is a hoopla of Santa-fied fun.

By Blake

Originally posted December 14, 2008.

I was ecstatic when Nickelodeon announced that they would be making a Drake & Josh Christmas movie that would feature all of the original cast from the hit television series. The show wrapped up with a series finale in August 2007 and, while reruns air every day, a new episode hasn’t been created since that time. Although it does seem a bit odd that the show would return for a single film after only being off the air for 16 months, I understand why a full new season wasn’t very plausible – the cast has since moved on to other projects that they’re now involved in. However, that certainly doesn’t mean that I was disappointed that a movie would be made instead of a full series revival because, being my favorite sitcom, I’m openly excited when it comes to anything Drake & Josh. Being one of the only children’s programs these days that stays clean while still providing wholesome entertainment for both children and adults (several adults I know were more excited for the new movie than their kids were), Drake & Josh has been hilarious ever since it first debuted in January 2004. And having the very successful creator Dan Schneider (who has worked on All That, The Amanda Show, Kenan & Kel, iCarly, and others) behind the project only boosts up the show’s quality.

I was naturally eager for the new made-for-TV movie Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh to premiere and, while it was certainly entertaining and had the distinctive Drake & Josh flair to it, I couldn’t help but feeling that it was different. It didn’t seem like a true Drake & Josh adventure that I’ve been used to seeing. The entire original cast returns for the movie, but Drake and Josh themselves are the only characters from the TV show that really have prominent roles.

The movie had several goals to get accomplished from the beginning: it had to re-acquaint the audience with the characters by introducing each of them again, since we haven’t seen them for over a year. Next, it had to develop its own stand-alone story that will contain itself without spreading into further areas of the series, since supposedly right now there’s no plans to bring the show back permanently. Lastly, it not only had to wrap up its self-contained movie story, but also firmly wrap up the entire series, something that was already done by devoting an entire double episode in the show’s series finale. That’s a lot to get done in one movie and when you add in the whole Christmas element into the scheme of things, which the show had yet to experience until now, it could be a pretty mindboggling task to get this movie made.

Thankfully, Nickelodeon pulled it off rather nicely. There were definitely funny moments and the film met its goals satisfactorily.

In the movie, Drake and Josh make a promise to give the best Christmas ever to a little girl and her foster family. As a result of a series of circumstances that are far too zany and complicated to explain here, they MUST give this little girl the best Christmas she’s ever had or else Drake and Josh will get sent to jail.

Eight new characters almost match the returning eleven faces, and in my opinion if this is really the last time that Drake & Josh would be back for a new story, I’d rather be with the already-established characters than new ones. Much of the film’s attention goes to the six foster children, including Mary Alice, the girl Drake and Josh made their promise to, and Zigfy, who speaks an unidentifiable foreign language. Additionally, much of the meat of the movie is devoted to another new character, a police officer who takes it upon himself to make sure Drake and Josh don’t fulfill their Christmas promise.

Of course, nothing goes exactly as planned for Drake and Josh in trying to keep their Christmas promise, but along the way they involve themselves with a crazed construction machine gone wild, an insane party on the roof, and of course what’s a good movie without a monkey.

Like previously stated, many of the new characters are shown much more frequently than the old ones, but the entire original cast does return. Mindy makes two brief appearances, Drake and Josh’s parents book a “tropical paradise” vacation for Christmas, and Craig and Eric awkwardly stand off to the side in a few scenes occasionally chiming in with a line or two of dialogue. Megan was present often, but had a much smaller role than I had thought she would. I was just waiting for her to concoct an extravagant Christmas prank but nothing ever surfaced there. However, I must say there were a few characters who I thought were extremely funny. Helen announced that she was celebrating her divorce this Christmas (even though the series finale was spent preparing for her wedding), the Premiere Movie Theater employee Gavin had plenty of randomly hysterical tidbits of experiences he shares with Josh, and Mrs. Hayfer even makes a fitting cameo.

Lastly, Crazy Steve was hilarious. Definitely the highlight of the movie for me, he’s really the best part of the entire show in my opinion and certainly brought his share of hilarity to the film. He had a few one-liners that had me re-winding on more than once occasion.

Overall, I’d say that Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh was satisfactory for me. I was thrilled to spend more time with my favorite characters, but not so thrilled that their time had to be divided up with new faces. There are plenty of memorable moments and funny scenes, but there weren’t enough of them to keep it at the same level of entertainment as other Drake & Josh adventures. I’d say it’s a given to watch the film this Christmas season if you have kids in your house but if you’re not familiar with the show I wouldn’t go out of my way to view it. I just dare you to watch it without rolling on the floor laughing hysterically at Crazy Steve.

How do I rank Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh? (Bolded is my choice.)
  • Utterly repulsive
  • Blech
  • Not good
  • Good
  • Very good
  • Brilliant

Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh will most likely please: Kids (ages 5-7) – Older Kids (ages 8-10) – Tweens (ages 11-13)

By Blake; originally posted December 14, 2008. All images (C) Nickelodeon.