Trivia: The name for Shrek comes from the German word "Schreck", which means a fright or a scare.

Trivia: 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 that it gave the filmmakers the idea for the gag.

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.

Trivia: In the scene where Lord Farquaad is in bed, watch as they pan up to him, you'll see the bear skin rug on his floor is actually the Momma Bear from The Three Bears. Baby bear can actually be seen crying in the huge gathering outside Shrek's cabin.

Trivia: It cost over 1 million dollars to reanimate Shrek with a Scottish accent.

Trivia: A fairy godmother named Dama Fortuna was originally included in the movie, but was cut out in the beginning of the movie's production. However, Dama Fortuna will be included in 'Shrek 2' (2004).

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Trivia: "Shrek" was the first winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Trivia: When Shrek opens his door and sees all the fairy tale creatures in his swamp, look in the lower right hand corner of the screen and you'll see Pinnochio picking a fight with one of the dwarfs.

Trivia: In one of the three storyboard scenes that were never animated, Fiona was born an ogre.


Trivia: 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. He also said the same thing to someone behind the scenes while recording his Shrek lines as he was frustrated at the direction he was being given.

Trivia: Conrad Vernon, who voices the Gingerbread Man, was originally just a member of the production staff, and he was used to feed lines to John Lithgow, as Lithgow never acted with Mike Meyers, Eddie Murphy or Cameron Diaz. They ended up liking Vernon's performance enough to make his role official.

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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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Fiona: Wait! Where are you going? The exit's over there.
Shrek: Well, I have to save my ass.
Fiona: What kind of knight are you?
Shrek: One of a kind.

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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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