Shrek (2001)

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Corrected entry: Lord Farquaad wants to marry a princess to become a real king. The mirror shows him three princesses to choose from: Cinderella, Snow White and Fiona. But Cinderella wasn't born a princess! In fact, her only chance to become a princess was to marry a prince. (00:18:40)

Correction: That may be true for the fairy tale that the character is adapted from, but there is no evidence it is true for the character in this movie. As we see of throughout all four Shrek movies, many characters differ from their traditional counterparts. Rapunzel is bald with a wig, Snow White has tattoos, the Big Bad Wolf is friends with the Three Pigs, Red Riding Hood is a thief, etc. There is no reason to conclude that Cinderella isn't also a non-traditional version.

Corrected entry: When Shrek and Fiona are walking back to the castle, they both blow up the skins of animals like balloons. If they blew them up with air from their lungs, why do the balloons float up to the sky?

Correction: You cannot honestly expect to introduce factual errors into an fictional ANIMATED story that deals with green ogres and talking donkeys.

Lummie Premium member

Correction: This has been acknowledged several times, there is a deleted scene in which the 3 of them have a discussion regarding the swamp, the scene was taken out but we can assume that they still have met, we just weren't shown this.

But then if the scene is deleted it means it's not there. So in the film they still haven't met.

Ssiscool Premium member

True, it was deleted. But that doesn't mean it didn't happen.

If it was deleted then it didn't happen. The idea if this was scrapped.

Corrected entry: When Shrek meets Donkey for the first time, we see Shrek from Donkey's view and it's in color, but later on in the film Donkey tells Shrek he's color blind.

Correction: We see Shrek from Donkey's point-of-view, not through Donkey's eyes.

Corrected entry: The mice, particularly for BLIND mice, get up the table much too quickly. You see their shadow from the floor and then a second later they're all on top of the tables having a conversation.

Correction: Ever try to catch a mouse? They move FAST. Mice don't use sight at their primary sense - they are largely nocturnal - so being blind would hardly be a handicap. They use their sense of smell, like most rodents.

Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie, Shrek's table is shown with one chair. When Fiona leaves to marry Farquad, there are two chairs during the music.

Correction: Near the beginning of the movie, Shrek sits down to eat. He takes a sip from his home-made martini glass and then the camera pans back to show him tucking in to his meal. There are two chairs at the table, one at either end. The scene stresses the point that Shrek is eating alone.

Corrected entry: Shrek mentions at the wedding that Farquadd is just marrying Fiona so that he can become king. However, Shrek was never informed of this during the movie, nor would he have had any chance, so it is impossible for him to have known this.

Correction: He knows this because he's not completely ingnorant of the politics of his world. He knows how things work there. Fiona's a princess; Shrek knows this. Farquaad is ambitious and wants to marry Fiona, whom he's never met; Shrek knows this. He simply put two and two together.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: The door on Shrek's outhouse seems to have a problem. In the very beginning of the movie when Shrek comes out of the outhouse, the door stays wide open, like it's just a normal hinged door. But later when he comes out while talking to donkey, the door quickly snaps shut like it has one of those door closing mechanisms on it.

Correction: We know that Shrek was improving the swamp in the beginning of the movie, such as the new sign he installed. Its not unreasonable that he upgraded the door on his outhouse, since a door that never closed would let more unpleasant odors (perhaps even to an Ogre) out.

I don't think putting up a sign is classed as home improvement. He puts them up to show how terrifying he thinks he is.

Corrected entry: When Shrek is eating his bowl of eyes,if you go into frame by frame,you can see that the eye Shrek eats passes through his upper lip.

Correction: The rules of this site are quite clear - if you have to use freeze frame to spot an error, it is not valid.

Corrected entry: When Donkey first meets Shrek, he calls him a "mean green fighting machine". How would he know Shrek is green? We later find out he is colour blind.

How? Shrek is the only ogre around. Before you tell me about the others we learn about in Shrek : Forever After, shrek didn't know about them, and Donkey belonged to an old lady so he couldn't have known.

It's made clear that Donkey knows about ogres, as proved by what he says when they're walking through the vegetable field: "Why don't you just pull some of that ogre stuff on him? Throttle him, lay siege to his fortress, grind his bones to make your bread, the whole ogre trip." Donkey has heard about ogres before, or at least stories of what they can do, so why couldn't he know they're green? And how does being owned by an old lady negate his ability to know about ogres?

Correction: Just throwing in that there are different kinds of color blindness. The term means difficulty telling some colors apart, not necessarily the inability to see color at all (though that is one of the kinds of color blindness). It is possible Donkey can see green but not red and/or blue, hence his trouble finding a blue flower with red thorns.


Correction: Not really - it's part of the magic of her changes.

Tailkinker Premium member

Correction: She probably wears stretchy clothes.

Corrected entry: When Shrek and Donkey are approaching Duloc, in its parking lot, a man in a Lord Farquad costume sees Shrek and is scared by him. The man runs through the waiting line barriers one at a time, but if you watch closely and count the number of times he turns a corner, he runs through many more turns than there are. Even if you don't count, you can see this from the overhead shots.

Correction: The man is in a blind panic. He thinks Shrek is going to grind his bones etc. He is running backwards and forwards aimlessly and happens to get through the ropes by trial and error.

Corrected entry: After the dragon has flown through the window in the wedding scene, Donkey is on the dragon's head. When the dragon smashes the last window just after the kiss, Donkey has disappeared, but he is back on the dragon's head when he says "I was hoping this would be a happy ending!" (01:17:08)

Correction: This is not true. Donkey is right there on her head.

Correction: Just before the knight takes Farquaad off his horse, he pulls of his iron gloves, which are on over the red gloves. These iron gloves stay on the horse, and when he rides off again, Farquaad puts his hands in the iron gloves again, thus covering the red ones.

Corrected entry: When Donkey is outside Shrek's hut he is standing up looking throught the window which is head height, but when the shot is from inside the hut, Donkey has to jump up to look in.

Correction: He doesn't seem to jump - rather rise up from horizontal position he was sleeping in, to answer Shrek's "I thought I told you to stay outside."

Corrected entry: Shrek tells Fiona how short Lord Farquaad is, even though in the film he only saw him when he was high up on the balcony. Although his height may seem like something well known throughout the land, Shrek never even knew about Farquaad before going to his castle. He even refers to him as "this Farquaad guy."

Correction: There's a deleted scene where Shrek and Donkey actually see Farquaad's height, I believe, right after he asks about his quest. That's how he knew about it. Also, later on in the movie when Lord Farquaad comes to see Fiona, we can see that on his horse, there are long legs and then we see one of his knights lift him up to reveal he's actually short. Shrek was present in both of these scenes.

If it's deleted, it didn't happen.

Corrected entry: When the dragon shows its mouth (like when it roars), it has no lipstick. When she falls in love with donkey, her lipstick is suddenly there.

Correction: The lipstick is on the dragon the entire time, just isn't shown well because its face is so dimly lit. When she falls in love with Donkey, her face is out of shadow and the lipstick is shown more.

Correction: We don't see him right away before we see him with sunglasses, we see him about 8 seconds later, he has time to put glasses on.

Corrected entry: It's just impossible for chandelier to slip onto dragoness' neck - her side triple "horns" (or whatever they are) would just stop it.

Correction: Actually if you view the scene frame by frame you can see that the horns (or the point they're attached to) are flexible, so the chandelier pushes them inwards on impact. You can see it in the shot of Dragon's neck at the top of the picture. (Widescreen version).


Actually there's no way the chandelier could have gone over her snout and maintained the momentum it did while falling.

Corrected entry: When Farquad is getting information from Gingy, he plays with Gingy's feet. In one shot angled from behind Gingy, Farquad throws the feet at Gingy. In the next shot, a wide shot showing the table that Gingy is on as well as Farquad, there are no feet. There are no feet for the rest of the scene - they've disappeared. (00:16:40)

Correction: If you watch, Farquad squashes at least one of his feet in his hand, letting the crumbs fall.

Continuity mistake: At the end of the film, the three blind mice are turned into the horses for the onion carriage but a second later they are dancing on the piano. (01:21:10 - 01:22:00)

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Gingy: Ok, ok...I'll tell you. Do you know the Muffin Man?
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Gingy: The Muffin Man.
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Gingy: Well...she's married to...the Muffin Man.
Farquad: The Muffin Man?
Gingy: The Muffin Man!
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Trivia: The name for Shrek comes from the German word "Schreck", which means a fright or a scare.

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Question: In theatrical trailers, when the dwarves put Snow White on Shrek's table, he says "Dead girl off the table." In the real movie, however, "girl" becomes "broad", according to the subtitles. Is there a reason why?

Susan Kirk

Chosen answer: This is most likely because "broad" isn't too nice of a word, and children of any age could watch the trailer. Parents wouldn't want their children to copy inapropriate language, obviously.


Answer: Broad is just a slang word meaning Woman. It was historically a bad word, but now it's not.

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