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

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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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  • Another comment to make is how the soldiers collecting fairy tales creatures actually reacted when donkey talks in the Shrek film

    The Wolves DenThe Wolves Den6 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I've also... never ever.. even thought about why there was a talking donkey in the round up of fairytale characters once. Never questioned it. Wow. What else have I missed ??!?!??!

    C MartinC Martin6 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Is this the fourth time Pinnochio has come up on this channel? Never would have expected that...

    Trevius RexTrevius Rex13 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I think Donkey doesn't know he can stop it. He was a child when he became a donkey and children don't think like adults. Traumatized children don't normally grow up because of their trauma so I would understand if he never thought he could stop it because he still thinks like a child, a child that was conditioned by fear not to talk about the island.

    Raine TopiaRaine Topia15 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Hahahahahha that’s funny Don’t you know Shrek the third isn’t canon.

    Dry BlizzardDry Blizzardวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Isn’t it obvious? It’s a talking donkey.

    I play GamesI play Gamesวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Why did they make a video about the talking donkey like BHAHAHA

    Kuskids AdventuresKuskids Adventuresวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Time out kermit is not from Sesame Street

  • Umpff! Pinocchio. Probably the fuel that ignites my nightmares. Probably shouldnt be shown to anyone below the age of 25. "Why dont we have a fun movie night at school like last month fun old pirate movie that was a succes". 97 of the 100 kids ignores the movie anyways just yelling & fooling around. However the last 3 seven year olds got sucked into the movie & soiled themselves.

  • You know I'm still waiting on a megamind theory 👀

    Bob RossBob Ross2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Isn’t there a human turned into a donkey in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare? Oberon, the Fairy King, turned a person, who is part of a company of actors practicing a play, into a donkey and put as spell on Titania (the fairy queen) to make her fall in love with him and humiliate her. Edit: I read the play several years ago so I may be misremembering and the character may have just their head replaced by a donkey head. It is an interesting thought though...

    Wolf Gaming- CR deck replaysWolf Gaming- CR deck replays2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Imagine Disney was like "Oh let's just put in a random talking Donkey" And MatPat gave this theory and Disney was like "Oh well, we'll take it"

    Gachax VGachax V2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • donkey is a huge coward of course he would not want to confront a tragic past

    LolmanmageeLolmanmagee2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Well in the ORIGINAL BOOK Shrek there is a TALKING DONKEY!!! It was a rip on the noble steed trope!!!

    Jahsiah BowieJahsiah Bowie3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • well I'm drunky right now

    ITS YUVIAITS YUVIA3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Actually in the 4th movie when witches kidnapped shrek,donkey mentions that he was a worker from Old Macdonalds farm and he was not going back there and he is done with ei ei o thing.

    Lady LuminaraLady Luminara3 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • didn't see u there sorry

      Lady LuminaraLady Luminara2 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Hey i said that

      Saif Ali AhmedSaif Ali Ahmed3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • But in Shrek 2, why did Donkey turn into a horse instead of a human?

    Jamie W.Jamie W.4 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Hey matpat is your cat missing?

    Camren AdkinsCamren Adkins5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • In the original version of Pinoochio, Pinoochio turns into a Donkey. What if Donkey is Pinoochio from an alternate Universe?

    Scientist DoggoScientist Doggo5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • ... But Donkey went to college

    Commenter QCommenter Q5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I honestly think that condemning donkey would make no sense, especially because he might just still be scared of the people he was captured by. Maybe he isn't talking about his trauma, because he feels like if he does, he'll be sent back. The way Shrek treats him would definitely solidify that belief, because Shrek was completely fine with shutting donkey out of his life as soon as donkey said "that was wrong." I mean, imagine what else Shrek was willing to do to keep donkey away.

    Ace's workshopAce's workshop5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Whoa whoa whoa. Hold the front door. Calling donkey a bad person because he doesn't want to address his trauma? If someone isn't ready to address their trauma that is completely fair no matter the circumstances. You can't make them talk and you certainly can't call them a bad person for not wanting to

    Ben GeogheganBen Geoghegan5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This made me sad...

    Gabriella HerlinGabriella Herlin5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Well, we know that Donkey isn't the hero type. Especially when we first meet him. On top of this, if Pleasure Island discovers that Donkey escaped then they would likely come after Donkey. Or, like all criminal enterprises, if Donkey did squeal then it's possible the corrupt fairy-tale governments are fine with Pleasure Island or the owners used magic to hide the endeavor from prying eyes.

    Anthony HauserAnthony Hauser5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Mat pat Youuuuu sooooooooooo smmmmaaarrrt the smartest person on earth

    Chris DavidChris David5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Wasn’t the donkey added because there was an actual donkey in the shrek origin book? It was supposed to be the opposite of the noble steed in all fairy tales. Jon solo did a vid on this but on the origins of shrek

    Marcus_Loves_ChilisMarcus_Loves_Chilis6 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Marcus_Loves_Chilis Yap, this is indeed true. And what's makes it more funny is how far MatPat went on finding Donkey's origins, uncovering little to be known fairy tales, yet he somehow never decided to check with the movie production team's interviews for this info, or even just read about the movie and it's characters on the official and fan wikis. The story on how the movie came to be and the book it was based on is very well known and very talked about story, and DreamWorks was rather public about it. It's strange to see how much work MatPat had done for this episode, only for completely miss upon the most obvious of Info. And to add to that, almost all modern day movies are based on some sort of pre-existing source material, and in most cases it's a book or a comic. And MatPat quite oftenly reads the OG books for his movie theories, so it's strange how he missed on Shrek's book. Double that with how easy it is to google the info about the book, just by googling for Shrek book, Shrek wiki and if you lucky enough, just the movie itself. So I guess for this theory MatPat decided research everything about the movie, except the movie itself.

      Viktoria PikovskyViktoria Pikovsky5 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Viktoria Pikovsky yeah but also most movies have an origin book (or at least a animated one) and idk if he knows that. I love matpats theories but yeah.

      Marcus_Loves_ChilisMarcus_Loves_Chilis5 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Marcus_Loves_Chilis Yeah, if he did look it up, he would have known how incorrect his entire theory is. But I can't blame him for not looking the book up, as it's not that well known, and the movie overshadows it by popularity. And honestly, I would had never known that the movie is based on a book by myself, it it wasn't for SuperCarlynBrothers and Jon Solo for talking about it and mentioning that the movie is based on it. This is basically why reading Wikipedia articles for even the most basic of research is so important, and why you should always fact check whatever info you find online. It's highly possible that the person who wrote the OG theory MatPat based his theory on also never knew of the book & never mentioned it in their post, and by proxy MatPat never learned about the existence of the book, hence never tried to check it out before making the video. But again, Shrek's wiki does mention the book, so if MatPat really did done his research, he still had no excuse.

      Viktoria PikovskyViktoria Pikovsky5 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Viktoria Pikovsky yep but you can’t blame him cause he probs didn’t look up the shrek book to see if it was there

      Marcus_Loves_ChilisMarcus_Loves_Chilis5 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Yap, indeed it is. Heck, even the director himself confirmed it. MatPat went so far into his "research", uncovering very interesting yet bizarre talking donkey related stories, when what he only needed to do is to check the Wikipedia page about the movie. The wiki mentioned straight and center that the movie is based on the book. I'm so disappointed how Mat blindly followed some random theory on Reddit, instead of doing even the most basic fact check on it.

      Viktoria PikovskyViktoria Pikovsky5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Can you not

    Angery BearAngery Bear6 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Just bought some merch it is really cool

    carterfarter 124carterfarter 1246 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • To be honest, when I first saw a donkey those years ago, I thought that he was one of the characters from this fairy tale I read once the kid. I do not remember what it's called, but I do remember that the characters were a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster wanting to go to a place with music, but scared off a bunch of Thieves from their home and took the house for themselves.

    Austin MajorAustin Major7 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • You are talking about the Bremen Musicians. And yeah, there really was a talking donkey there. But nope, Shrek's donkey isn't from that fairy tale, but rather it's a fully original character to the Shrek fairy tale. Yeah, Shrek IS it's own fairy tale story, and the movie is actually based on a book by the same name. The book isn't the same story as you know from the movie, but the movie is heavily based on it. And the two main characters of that book are the green ogre Shrek, and his best friend the talking donkey. So Shek's movie donkey is just Shrek's book donkey.

      Viktoria PikovskyViktoria Pikovsky5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • When you’ve never noticed that donkey has pretty eyelashes

    Heck NoHeck No7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I knew about this theory long ago already, but this in-depth analysis made it more clear, thanks

    Sunphil ZablanSunphil Zablan7 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • okay, I totally get where Matpat is coming from about the "Donkey should tell people" thing, but anyone who has gone through a traumatic experience knows that it can be nearly impossible to talk about. If this theory is Correct, Donkey was lured to a remote island where he was experimented on, abused, turned into something viewed as less of a person, and almost sold into slavery. Even just one of those things will give a person serious PTSD, but he has to deal with all of it, while having no support system whatsoever. Donkey may have fears akin to what real world rape victims have about telling someone what happened to him. People might not believe him, or blame him, and those would just make his already difficult existence wayyy harder. TL;DR Donkey shouldn't be blamed for not telling someone about his traumatic experience, he's just trying to live his life.

    Nyanli UnicatNyanli Unicat7 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Saif Ali Ahmed Yap, it is. And the director confirmed it as being one of the source materials for the movie. More so, the book is as crazy and sassy as the movie itself is, with the basic plot of the movie being very similar to that of the book.The book is called Shrek! written by William Steig.

      Viktoria PikovskyViktoria Pikovsky3 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • @Viktoria Pikovsky wait the movie is based on a book?

      Saif Ali AhmedSaif Ali Ahmed3 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • This is a great comment, thanks you! Sadly the theory is just 100% wrong, and donkey is just an original character from the kids book Shrek, which the movie is based on. And in that book, donkey was always just a regular donkey who just so happen to be able to talk as regular humans. He did claim he went through terrible life in the farm he previously lived in prior to him meeting book Shrek, but he actually didn't went through any abuse, and just talks about it to gain attention. It's actually not as deep as MatPat made it sounds like, and in the book the donkey only really suffers from the regular hard like any other barn yard animal goes through in a regular farm.

      Viktoria PikovskyViktoria Pikovsky5 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • In Dutch there is a fairytale about this donkey i think that is were its from

    Anouk SchipperAnouk Schipper8 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Donkey is from Bible

    Luka 420Luka 4208 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Could be that Donky TRIED to explain to ... say Farquad, and was threatened to be locked up or killed for lies (I would say because Farquad had a hand in the pleasure Island but that is based on the fact that he has a failing kingdom and is an overall trash person.) This would make sense as to why he knows the way to the castle. BUT HEY THATS JUST A mini hypothesis.

    Mimic VerseMimic Verse9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Or he did tell the authorities when he escaped and that’s why Pinocchio is still in a that stage

    Why laugh when you can cry?Why laugh when you can cry?9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Donkey is from the old macdonald nursery rhyme. When donkey pulls shrek in the cart in one of the movies he talks about old macdonald selling him to farquad. ... I think. Does this mean that most of your theories is just you putting together random easter eggs and making a lore story?

    Saif Ali AhmedSaif Ali Ahmed9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I was writing pinnochio to my friends and it autocorrected to pínon chipotle

    Shavxusvig FsvShavxusvig Fsv9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Maybe the reason why Donkey won't tell anyone about Pleasure Island is because of Pinocchio. If he, Donkey, told someone about Pleasure Island the Pinocchio would have never gone there causing his whole time line to get all messed up. I just thought that might be the reason why he doesnt say anything.

    Amulet HpAmulet Hp9 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Hey MatPat, I really just want to say your videos are awesome I watch your channel so much it’s so fun and super funny

    Rosy CupcakeRosy Cupcake10 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Coosoon The HamCoosoon The Ham10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • But in the first movie, he says he was born outside...... He says it when shrek kicks him out of his swamp.

    Zain Saleem.ZZain Saleem.Z10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • donkeh

    ChromaCat248ChromaCat24810 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Also in shrek (I cant remember if it was sequil or prequil) donkey says he is going to hang out with penocio

    Jacques JacobsJacques Jacobs10 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I love this theory! But I do have one question to argue it. If he was ever human before, why did he turn into a stallion in part 2? Fiona was originally human turned ogre and the happily ever after potion made her human. Shrek was always ogre but turned human too, so the potion has no problems turning anyone human. So why not donkey if he had a human form before? Just curiously see how it could be explained. (Btw, I firmly believe if dragon was also affected by the potion, she would have become a unicorn...wonder how the kids reacted when they woke up to their mom being ANYTHING other than a dragon!?) Edit: Does makes me wonder though, why didn’t Pinocchio ever say anything to Geppetto about the massive child slavery island!? Damn...I’m looking at that movie in an EVEN DARKER light now...

    Kevin CruzKevin Cruz11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This is definitely the most possible film theory I've ever seen, I 100% believe this one.

    LukeWarmLavaLukeWarmLava11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I already figured this out. Like ages ago and it took me two seconds but it's still nice to watch film theroy

    Pineapple PandaPineapple Panda11 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Me sees the boy in Pinocchio turning into a donkey:the frik is he allowed to drink and smoke?!

    Sabine CastilloSabine Castillo12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • can i have the nane of the music pls!

    ToraTomaToraToma12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Me seeing the thumbnail: he’s a furry

    Datboi CruzDatboi Cruz12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Just say he’s scoobydoo’s cousin

    JerryBoiJerryBoi12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I love this theory but it’s not a good message to abuse and trauma survivors that Donkey is a bad person for not speaking up. Please remember that he is a victim as well and his response to the trauma, being that he chooses to hide it, is understandable.

    FightTheFandomsFightTheFandoms12 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • And donkey did not want to speak

    pixilkid285pixilkid28512 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Kathy WhitsonKathy Whitson13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Well there there is evidence where basically maybe donkey didn’t tell shrek ;) in his story at the same time he’s going to complain but he leaves the castle and they were in the copy of the story and it’s a deer dragon what about that. 🤔 Mmmm

    Kathy WhitsonKathy Whitson13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I think you right i did look up some informasjon myself. William Steig is the wreit off shrek. He sayd "As a child, he dabbled in painting and was an avid reader of literature. Among other works, he was said to have been especially fascinated by Pinocchio." And he have allot off ather books with dunkys in. It will be nice if you culd make a epesode and dig tru Donkey life story. Sorry fore bad english.

    ElenaElena13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • acually, donkey is in a fairy tale book. the original shrek

    Just Being NIKJust Being NIK13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Actually I asked my mom this quetion the other day and she literally said he was from pinocchio.She said that. Because some of the boys that turn into a donkeys can still talk.She answers that easily.With no thought.She answered that in a snap.

    Chelsea PerezChelsea Perez13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 1:07 Unicorn.

    Baff ForFunBaff ForFun13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Some victims of trauma are not able to go to the authorities under the fear of that they will not be believed. And as you saw in the first movie the authorities were locking up fairytale creatures he was not able to do so. And after a while that trauma got further and further away and it was easier just to not say anything. Even years after it happened It could still feel new as if it was yesterday when you try to bring it up and you just can’t.

    Danielle HarknessDanielle Harkness13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 11:49 What's The Music

    Cool Dude 876Cool Dude 87613 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • wtf was Pinocchio even about?

    Katerina M.Katerina M.13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I think that one faitful person is that granny, she selled him

    ArtisticD00fusArtisticD00fus13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • *is it me or are the captions in russian-*

    g i r l yg i r l y13 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • This dude really said “ BRAIN BLAST” on some jimmy neutron type jank.

    DamagingDdlDamagingDdl14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • just broke me....

    Eve KEve K14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Donkey could also be from The emperors new groove because he could of been turned into a donkey from yzma's potion.

    Black Ops PeteBlack Ops Pete14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Mostly I had that theory before if Donkey was a person since he can talk and someone on Facebook that mention about the part where he could been one of the kids from Pinocchio that had turn into donkeys.

    Adam BrooksAdam Brooks14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Whoo oooww

    Lily Pines studioLily Pines studio14 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • good vid

    Roslin LawlessRoslin Lawless14 วันที่ผ่านมา
Film Theory: Shrek's Donkey was SECRETLY a Human! (Shrek Movie)