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: Shrek and Donkey could not have made jokes about Lord Farquaad's height since they never saw him anywhere before except on a balcony. Shrek has never heard of him before, so cannot have known. (The producers acknowledge this oversight in the DVD commentary.)


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.


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

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 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 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.


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: 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.


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: 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.

Correction: Donkey knows that ogres are green.

Tailkinker Premium member

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: When Shrek and Donkey arrive at Dulloc and are about to see Farquaad for the first time, Shrek says something about Donkey being in the right way for a smacked bottom, that is a tribute to Austin Powers who is also played by Mike Myers. If any of you have seen the music video "Beautiful Stranger" by Madonna, Austin Powers says nearly at the end of it that Madonna is going the right way for a smacked bottom.

Correction: Actually the line about 'smack bottom' came from when Myers said this in frustration to one of the behind the scenes guys as he was recording his lines. He was getting annoyed at the directions that he was being given.


Corrected entry: Isn't it odd how Fiona's green dress keeps fitting perfectly, despite the fact her body expands and shrinks everyday?


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

Tailkinker Premium member

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.


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.


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: Sunglasses magically appear on Donkey in the last shot of the movie.

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: Lord Farquaad has red gloves on after first meeting Fiona. But when he rides off again, he's not wearing them.

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: 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: In the scene immediately following Fiona's thrashing of Robin Hood and his Merry Men, Shrek is holding Donkey and they are staring at Fiona in disbelief. When Shrek drops Donkey and turns to follow Fiona, you can see his entire backside and it's unpierced. In the next scene, Fiona discovers an arrow in his rump that wasn't there before. (00:53:18)

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Gingy: Ok, ok...I'll tell you. Do you know the Muffin Man?
Farquad: The Muffin Man?
Gingy: The Muffin Man.
Farquad: Yes, I know the Muffin Man. Who lives on Drury Lane?
Gingy: Well...she's married to...the Muffin Man.
Farquad: The Muffin Man?
Gingy: The Muffin Man!
Farquad: She's married to the Muffin Man?

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Trivia: Shrek took more than four years to produce. One of the reasons it took so long was that Chris Farley had been cast as the voice of Shrek, but he died in late 1997 from a drug overdose in the middle of production. His lines had to be re-recorded by Mike Myers.

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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.

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