Shrek (2001)

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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: 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: 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: 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.

A Demon Premium member

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!"


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: 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: 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.

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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: When Donkey and Shrek and camping and looking at the stars, there is one shot of Fiona in her cave- and her skin is human color. But later on we find out that Fiona changes into an ogre every time the sun goes down. So why isn't her skin green, like an ogre's?

Correction: Fiona is so deeply in the shadows that you cannot tell the exact color of her skin.

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: 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 their 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.


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

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: When the chandelier falls over the dragon's head it slips on very easily, almost as though the dragon's body is greased. However, for that reason it should be easy enough to get off, so why didn't the dragon take it off to follow in pursuit of her beloved donkey? I mean, it was obvious that she was really in love with him.

Correction: This is because of the dragon's ears. The dragon's ears point back, not forward. Meaning they can be pushed down (by the chandelier) so something could slip over them and then be stuck.

And what of the snout?

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've told you to sleep outside.".

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 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: 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: 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: 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.


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 dosnt necessarily have to make sense.

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.


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?


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.

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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 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 got up because the ones that had previously been on the ground flew away when donkey fainted.

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 holding onto 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 fell past them. Well done to the film makers though 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: 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.

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.

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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?



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.



The scene where Fiona impressed Shrek with her loud burp was added to the film courtesy of Cameron Diaz. Diaz gave such a loud belch after drinking some Coke during recording, which gave the movie makers the idea for the gag.