* ActorAllusion: Puss, played by Antonio Banderas, ''is'' Zorro as a cat - right down to the trademark letter-carved-on-a-tree.
** In ''Shrek the Third'', listen to the queen's NonSequiturThud after [[spoiler:she head-butts the wall apart]]. Sound familiar? [[spoiler:It's a bit of "A Spoonful of Sugar" and "My Favorite Things".]]
** King Harold makes a excuse about his old "crusade wound" acting up. As [[Series/FawltyTowers Basil Fawlty]], Creator/JohnCleese made a similar claim about an old war wound.
*** Surely, 'twas [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail only a flesh wound?]]
** After Lillian (voiced by Julie Andrews) breaks the second wall with her head, she starts humming [[Film/TheSoundOfMusic My Favorite Things]] and [[Film/MaryPoppins A Spoonful of Sugar]].
** Surely Mike Myers as [[Film/AustinPowers a big guy with a Scottish accent]] counts; ''Shrek Forever After'' even has [[StealthPun Fiona mistakenly calling him "Scott"]].
** Shrek cracks a mirror by looking into it and smiling: the scene is [[IncrediblyLamePun virtually]] identical to the same one featured in Mike Myers' ''AustinPowers'' films.
** Donkey's line "I had my mouth open and everything" actually came from part of Creator/EddieMurphy's "Delirious" routine.
*** And the line "I'm a donkey on the edge!" may be a reference to ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'':
-->"I am your worst nightmare! ''A nigga with a badge!''"
** In the fourth movie, Donkey very poorly sings the final line of Music/WhitneyHouston's "Greatest Love Of All", a reference to Eddie Murphy's role as the incredibly untalented Randy Watson in ''Film/ComingToAmerica''.
** Shrek tells Donkey "You're going the right way for a smacked bottom". Film/AustinPowers said the exact same thing to Music/{{Madonna}} in the ''Beautiful Stranger'' video.
** Donkey bragging about how he's [[Film/TheNuttyProfessor "the stairmaster"]].
%%Explain how this is an ActorAllusion.
%%** And how have not mentioned Shrek:
%%*** Having a Scottish accent
%%*** Being accused of eating his own children
%%*** Boasting about how his bowel movements could kill a donkey
%%*** Taking physical abuse first in his backside, then in his gonads.
* AFIS10Top10:
** #8, Animation
* AscendedMeme: A fanon interpretation of Donkey is that waffles are his favorite food. In the Swamp Talk videos on the [=DreamWorks=] TV Website/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.
* CashCowFranchise: In the top 10 for "Highest grossing movie franchises of all time" list.
* CelebrityVoiceActor: The four main characters were played by Mike Myers, Creator/CameronDiaz, Creator/EddieMurphy, and Creator/JohnLithgow - all of whom were BilledAboveTheTitle. Creator/JimCummings, who has a relatively prominent role as the Captain of the Guard, is the only voice actor by profession to appear in the film.
* CreatorKiller: One of the franchise's sources of fuel was all the snark, bitterness and derision directed towards Creator/{{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 Creator/{{Pixar}} was the final punch to send him to the floor).
* CrossDressingVoices: Gingy is puppeteered and voiced by a woman in each production.
* DeletedScene: One from the first film has Fiona meeting a Gypsy woman named Bib Fortuna (a reference to the ''Franchise/StarWars'' character of the same name), who would eventually become the FairyGodmother. 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, TheOtherWiki 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.
* FollowTheLeader: Several other {{fractured fairytale}}- based films, such as ''{{Hoodwinked}}'', ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' and ''WesternAnimation/HappilyNeverAfter''.
* GenreKiller: 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 ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'' (which Katzenberg oversaw) and some of Disney's staff were losing interest in it at that point themselves, as evidenced by ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' being a full-blown comedy and ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' being an adventure film.
** Along with ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'', 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.
* TheOtherDarrin: Eddie Murphy doesn't voice Donkey in ''Scared Shrekless''.
* TheOtherMarty: 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.
* PermanentPlaceholder: According to WordOfGod, the use of the Music/SmashMouth 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.
* ThrowItIn:
** 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.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The film was originally going to be produced by Creator/StevenSpielberg, be hand-drawn, and star Creator/BillMurray as Shrek and Creator/SteveMartin 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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcqJgC0WZ3o 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.
** PaulMcCartney 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. [[ExecutiveVeto But the studio said no.]]
* WriterRevolt: 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.