Trivia / Shrek

  • Actor Allusion: Puss, played by Antonio Banderas, is Zorro as a cat - right down to the trademark letter-carved-on-a-tree.
    "I am your worst nightmare! A nigga with a badge!"
    • In the fourth movie, Donkey very poorly sings the final line of Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love Of All", a reference to Eddie Murphy's role as the incredibly untalented Randy Watson in Coming to America.
    • Shrek tells Donkey "You're going the right way for a smacked bottom". Austin Powers said the exact same thing to Madonna in the Beautiful Stranger video.
    • Donkey bragging about how he's "the stairmaster".
  • AFIS 10 Top 10:
    • #8, Animation
  • Ascended Meme: A fanon interpretation of Donkey is that waffles are his favorite food. In the Swamp Talk videos on the DreamWorks TV YouTube channel, he does say stuff that allude to that being canon.
  • Blooper: In Shrek 2, when Fiona knocks out Prince Charming with a headbutt, he's seen seconds later perfectly fine throwing the wand to the Fairy Godmother. You could argue that he recovered quickly, but then a few minutes later, he's seen getting up from the headbutt.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: In the top 10 for "Highest grossing movie franchises of all time" list.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: The four main characters were played by Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, and John Lithgow - all of whom were Billed Above the Title. Jim Cummings, who has a relatively prominent role as the Captain of the Guard, is the only voice actor by profession to appear in the film.
  • Creator Killer: One of the franchise's sources of fuel was all the snark, bitterness and derision directed towards Disney boss and Katzenberg's former superior Michael Eisner, including having Farquaad be a caricature of him; this movie was one of the multiple punches that eventually knocked Eisner out of the Mouse House in 2005 (nearly losing Pixar was the final punch to send him to the floor).
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Gingy is puppeteered and voiced by a woman in each production.
  • Deleted Scene: One from the first film has Fiona meeting a Gypsy woman named Bib Fortuna (a reference to the Star Wars character of the same name), who would eventually become the Fairy Godmother. In this version Fiona is always an ogre, and Bib Fortuna gives her a potion that would make her beautiful, but tells her that she will alternate between her human and ogress forms until she finds true love. After that, she is whisked away by her dragon guardian and returned to the tower.
    • Also, The Other Wiki says that the filmmakers intended to show the "Happily Ever After"-Form of Dragon as a pink winged Mare in Shrek 2. They decided against it.
    • There was going to be a scene shortly after Shrek and Donkey get Fiona out of the dragon's keep that would involve them riding a mine cart like a roller coaster, complete with at least three references to Disneyland via the talking skull from Pirates of the Caribbean, the yeti from Matterhorn Bobsleds, and the Country Bears. The storyboards for this scene are included in the DVD.
  • Follow the Leader: Several other fractured fairytale- based films, such as Hoodwinked, Chicken Little and Happily Never After.
  • Genre-Killer: After the first film became a roaring success, it would take nearly a decade for non-ironic fairy tale movies, especially ones made by Disney, to be taken seriously again. It didn't help that, in the decade preceding Shrek, Disney had done nothing but blockbuster princess musicals following the box office underperformance of The Rescuers Down Under (which Katzenberg oversaw) and some of Disney's staff were losing interest in it at that point themselves, as evidenced by The Emperor's New Groove being a full-blown comedy and Atlantis: The Lost Empire being an adventure film.
    • Along with Ice Age, another hugely successful non-Disney CGI films, this film became the final nail in the coffin for traditional feature animation in America. Disney shooting themselves in the foot in their attempts to revive it then and later by putting those movies against guaranteed blockbusters didn't help.
  • The Other Darrin: Eddie Murphy doesn't voice Donkey in Scared Shrekless.
  • The Other Marty: Chris Farley was attached to Shrek early in its development, but after his death (and many story changes) the role went to Mike Myers, who then performed an odd same-actor version of this trope, switching to a Scottish accent partway through and re-recording already-done lines.
  • Permanent Placeholder: According to Word of God, the use of the Smash Mouth song "All-Star" at the beginning of the first movie was only intended as test footage track to get the timing of the opening down - they planned to use an original composition for the final product. However, "All-Star" worked so well that they kept it in.
  • Throw It In:
    • The line "You're on your way to a smacked bottom" was improvised by Mike Myers after he got annoyed at one of the directors.
    • The scene where Princess Fiona burps was written after Cameron Diaz burped during a recording session after drinking Coca-Cola.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The film was originally going to be produced by Steven Spielberg, be hand-drawn, and star Bill Murray as Shrek and Steve Martin as Donkey. Spielberg did however still serve as the executive producer for the film, albeit going uncredited.
    • The original script had Princess Fiona born an ogre to the late King and Queen of Duloc. They had her locked in the tower under the lie that she was "of such rare beauty" she was kidnapped. They died, and the kingdom was left under the rule of an ambitious regent (implied to be Farquaad). When she 'became of age' to ascend the throne she escaped the tower and encounters a witch named Bib Fortuna (a reference to the Star Wars character of the same name) - who has narrated the entire sequence through her tarot cards. She gave Fiona a potion which would make her beautiful; but Fortuna warns her the potion has a side effect - she will change between her human and ogress form until she finds her true love. Later she was whisked away by her dragon guardian and returned to the tower. This storyline was not adapted to keep the story simple, but is mentioned through the "witch" Fiona tells Donkey about.
    • Chris Farley was originally cast as Shrek and even recorded part of the dialogue. When Farley died, another SNL cast member got his part (Mike Myers). Farley's lines prior to his death can be found here.
    • Janeane Garofalo was originally going to voice Fiona, but with the recasting of Shrek's voice actor, Fiona's voice and character were changed so she could contrast with Shrek better.
    • Paul McCartney originally was in talks to voice Rumplestiltskin, even going as far as having a musical number for him planned with a song written by McCartney himself.
    • In the first movie, they wanted the crescent moon on Shrek's outhouse to be the DreamWorks logo moon. But the studio said no.
  • Writer Revolt: Well, producer revolt. While never confirmed, there are many who theorize that former Disney CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg made this film as a great big "Screw you!" to his previous company after years of his ideas being forced out in favor of lighter family fare. It worked, seeing as how this film put DreamWorks on the map and helped end his former boss Michael Eisner's career at Disney, albeit indirectly.

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