Film Theory: Shrek's Donkey was SECRETLY a Human! (Shrek Movie)

  • Published on Sep 17, 2019
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    Have you thought about Shrek lately? Well, I have. Specifically, I've been thinking about the mystery that is Donkey. What do we know about him and where he came from? He is an animal of mystery... until you start to look a little closer. You see, I think Donkey has been hiding a big secret about where he came from and for good reason. Donkey may not be the good guy he pretends to be. Saddle up Theorists, this may be a bumpy ride.
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  • ThoseLiveGuys
    ThoseLiveGuys 24 minutes ago

    You just spoiled Shrek 5

  • Christopher Gibbons
    Christopher Gibbons 54 minutes ago

    Or he could be the donkey from asop's fables, or Larned's fairy tales, or greek mythology, or German, or French, Russian... Pick literally any collection of fairy tales, seriously any of them.

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  • Lily Rogers
    Lily Rogers 4 hours ago +1

    Also I think when they are trying to get donkey to talk in Shrek 1 is a reference to pleasure island.

  • Jorge Gutierrez
    Jorge Gutierrez 8 hours ago


  • James Troll
    James Troll 8 hours ago

    He protecc
    He attacc
    But most importantly
    He has a dragon to fucc

  • Mild Menace
    Mild Menace 10 hours ago +1

    I always figured Donkey was based on Balaam's donkey in Numbers 22 in the Bible and the writers/directers/etc. wrote it in as a slight that the Bible is a "fairy tale". My problems with this are the donkey in Numbers is a female, there aren't any other Biblical characters (such as giants or etc) I can recall that are included in the Shrek franchise, and y'all have substantially more evidence to support your theory while I have conducted no research and merely made an assumption. However, my answers to this are: the cast was most likely already selected and the movie was written as a buddy comedy (thus Eddie Murphy as a casting made more sense than a female companion), the executives probably didn't want to obviously or directly offend anyone coming to see their movie, and I'll just have to do some research to clearly falsify my assumption. But hey, that's just a theory, a film theory.

  • Linnea Mast
    Linnea Mast 13 hours ago

    The bremen town musician donkey talked. Only with other animals, but then there basically only was animals to talk to

  • Phillip Page
    Phillip Page 15 hours ago

    We made a cult and I am father shrek tier

  • WinterSplinterM.II
    WinterSplinterM.II 15 hours ago

    The lady who sold him could also have been his slaver

    CMTXRATED 16 hours ago +2

    Director watches this film: “very interesting..”

  • Isaiah Gordon
    Isaiah Gordon 19 hours ago

    But the island people are evil so maybe the kids aren't all bad which could mean donkey is an orphan who sticks to his survival instincts like not talking to the knight, not speaking of the island, and doing whatever it takes not to be captured again. And the fact that he puts himself in harms way for shrek after all his trauma shows he has grown as a person.

  • Vanessa Pavia
    Vanessa Pavia 22 hours ago

    why is this one more scarier than the scary movies theories XD seriously its 1:20am nd im spooked

  • I have an uncle too

    Shut the fuck up Matpat, you’re irrelevant

  • Manuel Camelo
    Manuel Camelo Day ago +1

    MATT you douche !
    You just forgot to mention that at the very beginning of SHREK 1, Donkey does everything in his power to NOT TALK at all with the Guards.
    The old lady is trying to sell him probably because Donkey told her WTF was going on in Pleasure Island.
    This Might be the main reason of why Donkey later doesn't speak about the thing with no one. Even the Trustful Shrek.

  • Manuel Camelo
    Manuel Camelo Day ago +1


  • Invader Sploot
    Invader Sploot Day ago

    Do an Invader Zim theory!

  • Logan Douglas
    Logan Douglas Day ago

    If that means blood is on donkeys hands, that means blood is on everyone's hands for being a consumer we have the power to stop the atrocities in 3rd world countries buy not buying the products that they send to us.

  • NintendoKid139
    NintendoKid139 Day ago

    What happened to Donkey's clothes? Hmm?

  • Roylana Brewton
    Roylana Brewton Day ago

    Well that got dark 😭😭

  • Gr8est Funnygum
    Gr8est Funnygum Day ago +2

    “Where does Donkey come from?”
    I don’t know, maybe the original Shrek book?

  • Dee Gloss
    Dee Gloss Day ago

    My guess is that hes one of the children from Pinocchio

  • Amelia Gaska
    Amelia Gaska Day ago +4

    Matpat: There is NO other fairytail or nursery ryme with a talking donkey.
    Me: But.......what about Winnie the Po- **gets shot**

  • NeumanProductions

    You should also factor in why a Stallion is is Donkey's happily ever after form.

  • Aria Angelical
    Aria Angelical Day ago

    what about Bremen's Donkey

  • Stacey Sales
    Stacey Sales Day ago

    That was dark.

  • Swag God
    Swag God Day ago

    Doesn't Donkey talk about going to high school? Also college. If he got caught at Pleasure Island, then he would not have been old enough to go to college because the kids are quite young in Pinnochio. This is even pointed out in one of Schafrillas' videos about Shrek that you plugged in the video. It is absurd, but so is this theory.

  • Blade Shotz
    Blade Shotz Day ago


  • Luče p
    Luče p Day ago

    What about Town Musicians of Bremen. There is a talking donkey there too. And much like the donkey in Shrek the donkey in Town Musicians of Bremen is musical.

  • Faustas Pocius
    Faustas Pocius Day ago +1

    Shrek 5 plot

  • Jason Knowles
    Jason Knowles Day ago

    Not trying to brag. But I figured this out when I first watched Shrek.

  • Richard Galpo
    Richard Galpo Day ago

    I miss shrek!! I wish we gonna have shrek 5 or shrek cinematic universe something like that

  • Destructo 191
    Destructo 191 2 days ago

    Count the years for how long one movie came after the other to see if donkey should be a adult donkey in shrek because he was a donkey when he was a kid just saying to make that theory into a yes series

  • Technically a Grammar Nazi

    That first donkey breed image isn't a donkey, it's a mop.

  • Alex Young
    Alex Young 2 days ago

    Donkey is from the original shrek story written in 1907 and not one of the fairytale characters

  • Toesheo
    Toesheo 2 days ago

    I like the idea of him being king mides. He was turned into a donkey

  • Spam Email
    Spam Email 2 days ago

    I’m just confused about one thing. When puss and donkey switch bodies, and transport near far far away, donkey says “I haven’t been on a ride like that since college”. So if he was a boy when he first transformed, why would he say that?

  • GopnikRaptor
    GopnikRaptor 2 days ago

    Imagine a donkey coming out of your vagina...

  • Phillips, My'Love (8C/1920)

    What about when in Shrek 2 donkey turned into a HORSE instead of a BOY?!

  • Elani
    Elani 2 days ago +1

    I use to hate Pinocchio bc of the donkey parts
    can u do a thearory about why Minnie mouse's cat was also Pinnocios parents cat I always wondered that

  • Brown Buns
    Brown Buns 2 days ago

    Back at making quality

  • Coffee Beans
    Coffee Beans 2 days ago

    However, there’s a part in Shrek where Shrek kicks Donkey outside and Donkey says “Oh this is alright I mean I’m a donkey, I was born outside anyway...”

  • xander du plessis
    xander du plessis 2 days ago

    does it concern anyone else that matpat went on the internet, read that reddit post and remembers said post...BECAUSE THIS WOULD MEAN THAT HE IS A MAN WITH A PLAN

  • Miriah Ballmer
    Miriah Ballmer 2 days ago

    Where did a talking cat who wears boots come from ?

  • Julia Dayus
    Julia Dayus 2 days ago


  • Atzhary Sanchez
    Atzhary Sanchez 2 days ago


  • Beefcakes Mchunkerson
    Beefcakes Mchunkerson 2 days ago +3

    Can’t believe I’m doing this. Donkey deserves some leeway, because he’s a survivor and it’s likely that nobody would ever believe him. Would you believe a talking donkey that he was turned into a donkey by an island?

  • Sarah Midnight
    Sarah Midnight 2 days ago +1

    Are we just going to ignore the fact that donkey likes to hang around Pinocchio a lot, almost as if their stories coincide with being attracted to one another in a family like way.

  • Gustavo Garcia
    Gustavo Garcia 2 days ago +1

    Or he's just a donkey for a good movie lmao

  • The Tempted Man
    The Tempted Man 2 days ago

    Shrek transformed into a human while Donkey transformed into a horse. So this theory is bullshit

  • Sergeant Kreel Productions

    Or Donkey could be the one that talks in the Bible

  • Jace Little
    Jace Little 3 days ago

    If they made a live action shrek, I should be in there, no not me. I mean the smug hat girl
    You know why

  • Kitty Cat
    Kitty Cat 3 days ago +7

    Me late at night:
    Oh look a shrek video this seems fun
    Me after:

  • Maximiliano Soto
    Maximiliano Soto 3 days ago +1

    you forget the Roman de Fauvel!!! Super famous donkey

  • Jo Ramsay
    Jo Ramsay 3 days ago +1

    Maybe Donkey is from an alternative universe where he actually ends the events happening in Pleasure Island, thus preventing the events which caused Pinocchio to turn into a real human boy and that's also why he's still just a talking puppet.

  • Bailey Mathews
    Bailey Mathews 3 days ago

    There’s also a story about talking donkeys in the Bible

    • Freedom Anderson
      Freedom Anderson 3 days ago

      There are quite a few illogical things mentioned in the bible.

  • Thomas fan 2019
    Thomas fan 2019 3 days ago

    That's good

  • Eisinas
    Eisinas 3 days ago

    now I want to see donkey origin story

  • Stefan Lundqvist
    Stefan Lundqvist 3 days ago

    *Disney wants to know your location*

    • Chemo star
      Chemo star 3 days ago

      shrek is getting a reboot look it up

  • TheBigBlueChubbyBunny

    I'm Surprised People are just Now thinking that this could be True. I Thought this was the Case the First Time I Watched this Show as a Kid Considering I had already seen the Old Pinocchio Movie.