Shrek (2001)

42 corrected entries

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Corrected entry: How does Fiona's crown stay on the whole time she is journeying to the castle of Lord Farquaad? She is upside down several times, but the crown still somehow manages to stay on her head.

Correction: This doesn't really count as a mistake - it's part of the magical world Shrek and co. inhabit. As you said, the spell probably changes her clothes as well as her form (otherwise she'd go through dresses pretty fast - and this applies to her magical crown as well.

Corrected entry: At the end when Shrek and Fiona are in the carriage, Fiona sits on the left. After she throws the bouquet, she sits on the right.

Correction: Fiona is sitting on the right side in the whole scene.

Corrected entry: When Shrek is fighting the knights in the wrestling ring, the knights' bodies that have been previously beaten up, disappear. (00:24:00 - 00:25:00)

Correction: As Shrek walks away from the ring (after winning), you can see the fallen bodies of various knights lying in and around it.

Corrected entry: After Shrek and the donkey agree to save the princess, they walk out of a sunflower field and into a veggie field. When they walk in, Shrek has nothing in his hand, then he has 3 ears of corn and a onion. The only problem is he hasn't walked through the corn yet and the onions are way in front of them. They start walking through the onions about 3-5 cuts after Shrek says that ogres have layers. (00:26:30)

Correction: You can see that he picks one up off of the floor

Corrected entry: When Shrek has the arrow in his butt, Fiona goes to pull it out, but Shrek rolls over so that he is lying flat on his back. With an arrow in his butt, wouldn't that kind of hurt? (00:54:50)

Correction: That's what I thought, but when I watched closer, I noticed that his hips are at an angle, so that the side with the arrow in it is off the ground. Fiona is flat on her stomach, but Shrek is in fact lying on his left side.

Corrected entry: Whenever Princess Fiona turns into an ogre, her clothes magically grow/shrink to fit the body in them, are they elastic, or just part of the spell the witch cast on her?

Correction: This doesn't really count as a mistake - it's part of the magical world Shrek and co. inhabit. As you said, the spell probably changes her clothes as well has her form (otherwise she'd go through dresses pretty fast).


Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie, Shrek scares off the townsmen. He towers over them and appears to be eight feet tall. Throughout the rest of the movie he appears to shrink in size. By the end, in the wedding scene, he is barely taller than Fiona. (00:03:45 - 01:16:40)

Correction: Probably because Fiona was a ogre as well, and she already had a tall body while she was human...

Corrected entry: Princess Fiona is sat alone at one end of a large dining table. Bright sunlight is shining through windows beyond the opposite end of the table, the shadow of the chair at that end of the table is cast back towards Fiona. Shadows of items on the table are cast in the opposite direction.

Correction: All the shadows on the table point toward Fiona. The shadow of the centerpiece points directly at a goblet, which may have caused the confusion.


Corrected entry: When Shrek falls into the tower's roof, Fiona lays down with a fresh bunch of daisies in her hands. Where did she get flowers? It doesn't seem that any would be growing outside the castle in the lava...


Correction: Since the princess apparently is not suffering from starvation, dehydration, etc., it can be assumed that either she has limited access to the outside or that the castle is under a magical preservation that prevents death and decay.


Corrected entry: When Lord Farquad is interrogating the Gingerbread Man he crumbles one of his legs up and throws the other on the table. The leg should have landed behind the Gingerbread Man's head somewhere, but in the next cut we can see the back of his head and there is no leg. Where did it go?

Correction: The other leg fell off the table and out of sight.

Corrected entry: In the love scene between donkey and dragon, the dragon lights the candles on the chandelier. When it falls on to the dragon's neck, they are not lit or smoking.

Correction: When Shrek is swinging on the chain the candles are lit, but whenever he falls past the candles they do actually go out. (You have to watch very carefully to see it.) So, the unlit chandelier can easily land on the dragons head, as Shrek blew the candles out with the gust of wind he created as he swung past them. Well done to the filmmaker's foresight for paying such attention to detail in this scene.


Corrected entry: When Fiona asks what Lord Farquad is like, Shrek and Donkey make lots of jokes about how short he is. They would not have known that he was short, only having seen him when he was stood on a podium, behind a wall, making him seem an average height.

Correction: Shrek and Donkey do actually know that Lord Farquad is short because there was a deleted scene where Shrek, Donkey, and Farquad are all in the same room and they see how short he is. Normally a deleted scene doesn't excuse a continuity mistake (it just proves bad editing), but in this case it's relevant, because they met at a time we happened not to see.

Corrected entry: When Shrek climbs onto the dragon to go the the castle, he had to climb up a chain and you can see the donkey walking around down below. In the next shot the donkey is on the dragon's back without ever climbing up there.

Correction: Donkey gets picked up by the dragon, and placed on her back.

Corrected entry: When Lord Farquad is trying to get info from the gingerbread man, he crushes his broken legs to crumbs. Yet, at the end of the film, he as a leg.

Correction: People keep submitting this over and over again, and I can't work out why, as it's not a particularly tricky one. At the start he's lying with both legs off - Farquaad dances them both past him at 0:16:00, then a few seconds later crumbles one and throws the other one back down. We see the gingerbread man at the end of the film with his intact leg attached with strips of icing (at 1:18:20). Makes perfect sense.

Corrected entry: After Donkey faints, Shrek picks him up. You can then see Fiona's and Shrek's footprints in the ground as they walk off. As Shrek steps over one of Fiona's footprints, his footprint appears on the ground, but Fiona's footprint, some of which should have still been there, has disappeared completely.

Correction: Shrek's footprint obliterates her dainty little one completely - his feet are three times the size, and he's carrying a donkey.

Corrected entry: When the character of Pinocchio is handed in to Farquad's soldiers, he is yelling and struggling. As he is being carried over to the wagon to be put with the other characters, he freezes like stone. I guess the animators just couldn't be bothered. His nose has also suddenly shrunk back to its normal size.

Correction: I've just watched this scene over and over on DVD. Pinocchio's nose shrinks and expands all the time, and he is animated properly throughout the scene - he is struggling in the soldiers' arms, not 'frozen like stone'.

Corrected entry: When Shrek and Donkey first arrive at Duloc there is a mistake when the Duloc worker is running through the ropes. The worker starts to run through the ropes and the shot is from above. The camera changes to eye level and the worker completes the ropes. When the camera cuts back to the above view the worker is still running in the ropes. (00:20:45)

Correction: When the camera changes back to eye level after the first air shot, the worker is still completing the ropes. When the camera then switches back, you can see the worker finishing the course.

Corrected entry: When Shrek the donkey and Fiona break for camp the sun is setting 90 degrees to the left of the door in the cabin (as you come out of it). When the sun rises the next day, it rises directly opposite the door. Rises in the east, sets in the north? I don't think so.

Correction: Since this is a fairytale universe it doesn't necessarily have to make sense.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Fiona is trying to pull the arrow out of Shrek, she sends Donkey to get some flowers. When he comes back, they converse about why Donkey had to leave in the first place. While they are talking Fiona pulls out the arrow and when Donkey faints, leaves fly up into the air. In the next shot when Shrek picks Donkey up, you can see that there were no leaves on the ground whatsoever.

Correction: There were no leaves on the ground when Donkey was picked up because the ones that had previously been on the ground blew away when he fainted.

Corrected entry: Princess Fiona is cooking the eggs on the rock that is over the fire but as she goes to Shrek to give him the eggs she picks up the rock with her bare hands. Wouldn't her hands get all burnt?

Correction: She uses a big green leaf as an oven mitt type of thing. When she puts down the rock with the eggs on it watch her hand, the leaf is still in it.

While true, we then see her place her other hand on the rock, without another leaf. What happened to the other hand?

Continuity mistake: Sometimes Shrek's front door opens outwards, at other times inwards, yet it can't be "two-way" because whenever it closes, it slams against the frame. (00:10:55 - 00:13:45)

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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 a movie with talking ogres, pigs, mice, wolves, and all sorts of animals, why is everyone so surprised to find a talking donkey?

Carl Missouri

Chosen answer: Who is "everyone"? The only person surprised he can talk is the one human who is processing the fairytale creatures for banishment, and this was used as a plot device to highlight a joke (between him flying and talking).

MovieFan612 Premium member

Fiona also says "it talks", after he "saves his ass."

To be fair, she was locked in a castle for the majority of her life, so she wouldn't know that donkeys would be able to talk.

And yet he wasn't the only one surprised by it; watch the scene again and Fiona was surprised, too.

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