- The opening is a direct reference to Sleeping Beauty.
- Donkey's "That's a nice boulder"◊ is a reference to Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by the same author as Shrek. The "boulder" was a donkey who turned himself into one to escape from danger but couldn't turn back when he couldn't reach the pebble. Fortunately his parents found him and wished him back.
- Robin Hood and his musicians could be from any whimsical version of the story, but most likely Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Fiona's subsequent thrashing of them is likely an homage to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon but blatantly parodies The Matrix (that sequence in particular may have been added basically at the last minute, something that would have been impossible with hand-drawn animation).
- There are three fairies with the same color scheme as Flora, Fauna, and Merriweather.
- When Donkey manages to make it to the other side of the bridge through some panicking, Shrek pats his head and says, "That'll do, Donkey. That'll do." This is a reference to the final line of Babe - "That'll do, pig. That'll do."
- When looking at the constellations, Shrek points out Bloodnok the Flatulent, a reference to Major Bloodnok from The Goon Show.
- The Kingdom of Duloc is a big reference/take that at Disneyland.
- When Farquaad asks the Mirror for a girl to marry, he offers three bachelorettes in the style of The Dating Game
- Donkey's line, "You might have seen a housefly, maybe even a Super Fly, but you ain't never seen a donkey fly" is likely a reference to the song "When I see an elephant fly" from Dumbo, which made similar puns.
Peter Pan: He can fly!
- Right before that, a reference to Disney's Peter Pan:
3 Pigs: He can fly!
Head Guard: He can talk!
Shout Out / Shrek