We’re all very familiar with this DreamWorks animated classic. Shrek came out in 2001, which, to me, was a time when crude humor had just entered the animated films category. In this day and age, that’s still pretty true. But after DreamWorks released Shrek, it came out with even more films that had very similar humor. Now, I call Shrek a classic film not because of its humor. Rather, I think it’s a classic because of its story format.
The film might seem like something Disney would come up with in the ways of plot due to its connections with classic fairytales. But Shrek offers up a unique take on literally everything. It’s not a handsome prince who wins the girl. The villain isn’t necessarily a pure form of evil. And the princess is far from a damsel in distress.
Now obviously, Shrek is one of those films where you’ve had 16 years to watch it. So if you haven’t yet, and don’t want spoilers, then you probably shouldn’t read this. This piece will also mention some jokes from the epic hit Shrek 2, the okay I guess Shrek the Third, and the why exactly was this film made Shrek Forever After. I was surprised at just how many adult jokes the Shrek franchise has in it.
Sure, I guess a 6-year-old would interpret those remarks differently than I would, but bear in mind that I was almost 6 when this film first came out. So now, let’s discuss the inappropriate things you may, or may not, have noticed about the Shrek films.
25 Farquaad's Covering Up A Problem
In the first film, when Shrek and Donkey first approach Lord Farquaad’s castle, Shrek makes a joke related to the castle’s size. The castle is huge, whereas Farquaad’s height is the complete opposite. And of course, with that small stature, there comes the assumption of other parts being the same way. So, Shrek makes a remark to Donkey, asking if Farquaad might be compensating for something.
Now, some kids might read this as, “Well, the castle might compensate for his height.” But clearly, this is an innuendo made about Farquaad’s regions. And this isn’t the only time said regions are brought up in the film. I’m sure weird fan art of Farquaad exists that answers this question, but I really don’t want to know.
24 Keep Off Of The Grass
Upon entering Lord Farquaad’s castle, Shrek and Donkey find an information booth about the kingdom of Duloc. This consists of animatronics singing about how great Duloc is. Of course, the song is very catchy, but we all know about that remark made towards the end of the song. “Shine your shoes, wipe your… face!”
Mind you, during this brief pause in the song, some of the animatronic characters pose so that you can clearly see their posteriors. However, they quickly turn and point to their faces instead. Obviously, this was meant to be a joke about wiping something else. And I honestly don’t think even 6-year-old me failed to notice that one.
23 Oh, Robin...
While bringing Princess Fiona to Lord Farquaad, Shrek is interrupted by Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Convinced that Fiona is in trouble, Robin Hood attempts to rescue her and sings an introductory song about himself. He sings about how he “likes an honest fight and a saucy little maid.”
The Merry Men follow this with “What he’s basically saying is he likes to get…”, only for Robin Hood to quickly interrupt them with the word “paid.” We all know a certain word that rhymes with paid. This is, of course, the jab this song lyric was going for, even though it might be kind of subtle to some people on the first watch.
22 Living With Men Is Hard
Towards the beginning of the movie, Lord Farquaad was given three bachelorettes to choose from. The candidates were Snow White, Cinderella and Fiona. When the Magic Mirror introduces Snow White, he makes the comment of “Although she lives with seven other men, she’s not easy.”
Of course, this is meant to be a joke toward Snow White’s life, if you will. I honestly never even thought about this joke until it was pointed out to me. Who knows? Maybe this also could’ve been a joke set as “Hey Farquaad, you’re short. She lives with dwarves. She gets you, man.” But hey, I guess inappropriate jokes like this work for the film too.
21 Farquaad’s Alone Time
Now this is something you’re going to look back on and say, “Wow, this was in the movie?” And the answer is yes. There’s one scene in Shrek where Lord Farquaad lays in bed, shirtless. He asks the Magic Mirror to show him Princess Fiona. The Magic Mirror looks uncomfortable about this, but continues to do as Farquaad asks.
Farquaad ends up lifting his covers closer to his body, but during this, you can also see that he gets happy. You can see everything, and that's a little crazy. I’m not even kidding you. This is a joke that DreamWorks actually got away with.
20 It Was All A Dream
There’s one point in the film where it’s early morning. Shrek and Fiona are awake, but Donkey is still dreaming about something. And that something can easily be guessed by the line of “You know I like it like that.” Now I don’t think this was a comment made toward Dragon just yet, but we all know what happened there. To this day, my poor brain still tries to wrap around the idea of a donkey and dragon having kids. Just how?
Anyway, this inappropriate remark is very subtle in the movie, but if you pay attention, you’ll pick up on it. Besides, you’d be surprised at just how far this movie goes with some of its jokes.
19 Lord Farquaad Is Equal To…
Okay, now this isn’t necessarily a joke, but it’s definitely something inappropriate that’s worth mentioning. I want you to say Lord Farquaad’s name out loud. Good. Now say it again, and don’t put anything emphasis on the “r”. If you find yourself realizing that Farquaad sounds a lot like an inappropriate word, well, you’re absolutely right.
For those who are a bit more innocent, a lot of fans have made the connection that Farquaad’s name sounds weird. Makes sense, right? I mean, it’s rather crazy to think about, but at the same time, this doesn’t surprise me in the least. That is more or less what Farquaad is, after all. He's horrible. Yeah.
18 That's Gotta Hurt
So I think we’re all familiar with Donkey’s interesting relationship with Dragon. It’s rather odd of course, considering they end up having kids together in the sequel. Don’t ask me to explain how that one works, because I’m not even sure of it myself. Anyway, there’s a scene in the beginning of the movie where Dragon is trying to flirt with Donkey.
Dragon wraps her tail around him. At one point, Donkey makes a comment of “That’s my personal tail.” I honestly think Dragon and Donkey’s relationship is the weirdest thing to ever happen in Shrek. It’s weird in a lot of ways because of the logistics behind it.
17 What Kind Of Relationship Is He Ready For?
Going off of that, Donkey even tells Dragon that he’s not ready for a physical relationship. Do you honestly think kids understand anything about relationships besides what they see their parents do? Wait, don’t answer that. Anyway, does anyone else get uncomfortable at the thought of their weird thing going on?
I mean, how are dragon and donkey babies even possible? Honestly, that kind of goes into another inappropriate thing to think about. How do dragons and donkeys have kids? Maybe that’s just something kids don’t think about, but I think even little kid me was questioning all of that. It’s just something very nightmarish to think about. Shrek all around is just a really odd movie.
16 Looks Like A Donkey To Me
After first rescuing Fiona, Shrek runs and avoids the exit. Fiona asks him where he’s going, pointing out the exit. Shrek casually makes the remark that he “has to save my a**.” Of course, this is supposed to mean that he’s going after Donkey, because we all know the other name for a donkey.
However, this could also be viewed as Shrek trying to run away from the lava and dragon, attempting to save his own butt. It’s such a blatant remark that it might surprise even adults who are watching the movie. The statement itself isn’t random, but it works perfectly for Shrek. It’s not even something that can merely be forgotten about, since it stands out so much in the movie.
15 Holding It For A Friend
Now we’re going to start delving into the sequels. First, we’ll start with the only great sequel, and that’s the second movie in the franchise, Shrek 2. In one scene, after Shrek and Donkey are transformed into a handsome man and white bronco, they are chased by cops. Or in this case, it takes on a parody of the show Cops with knights.
Since Puss in Boots is accompanying them to Far Far Away, a knight finds catnip on him. Puss makes the comment of, “That’s not mine.” Obviously, this is supposed to be a joke about people having things on them and getting caught with it. Honestly, I think this one is pretty hilarious.
14 Just A Bit Of Frankincense
Let’s jump a bit in the series and discuss the okayish third movie, Shrek the Third. If you’re not as familiar with the story, that’s okay. Long story short, after Fiona’s father passes away, Shrek is next in line to become king. Obviously he doesn’t want the job, and he’s very stressed about the idea of becoming a father, as Fiona is pregnant.
He goes off to a college to find one of Fiona’s relatives, Arthur. And yes, this is supposed to be similar to the tale of King Arthur. There’s one scene where a couple younger people come out of a trailer, talking about using frankincense and myrrh. I mean, this definitely makes sense for a college campus, so I’m okay with this joke.
13 The New Shrek
In Shrek 2, Shrek drinks a potion and turns into a human. He wakes up in a barn alongside Donkey, Puss in Boots, and a few milk maids. Of course, he’s still wearing his ogre clothing and the outfit doesn’t fit him anymore. Shrek talks about being a human, saying, “Here’s the new me!,” only for his trousers to fall down.
Donkey talks about getting Shrek some new clothes, much to the excitement of the milk maids. I mean, in general, the milk maids were very touchy-feely with Shrek in the first place. He’s not really my type, but I guess I can see the reason for attraction there. So yes, there’s a weird joke. This isn’t really surprising.
12 Poor Pinocchio
Towards the end of Shrek 2, Shrek, Donkey and Puss in Boots are arrested after being chased down by knights. Pinocchio, Gingy and crew come to the rescue, with Pinocchio swinging down the tower toward them. Gingy follows him down, realizing that Pinocchio can’t reach Shrek’s shackles with the key.
Shrek tells Pinocchio to tell a lie so that his nose can grow and Gingy can free them. Donkey tells Pinocchio to say he’s wearing ladies’ underwear, but this is revealed to be true. Pinocchio tries to lie and get out of it, but Gingy even reveals that the wooden little boy is wearing something else. Pinocchio’s lies denying this fact do lead to Shrek and company getting released.
11 A Vacation They Won't Forget
In Shrek the Third’s weird little story, Puss in Boots and Donkey end up switching bodies. Donkey, in Puss’s body, makes the statement that he hasn’t “…been on a trip like that since college.” Of course, this is supposed to imply that Donkey went and attended college and got into some shenanigans there.
Little kids might see this as “Oh, he went on a vacation!” But Donkey also mentions college, which would definitely lead adults to think this is a joke made about other stuff. Don't do them, kids. They lead you to imagine that dragon and donkey babies are actually a concept somebody came up with. Oh wait. That does exist.
10 All About The Waffles
Wow, where to even begin with explaining the fourth Shrek movie. I won’t elaborate on its plot too much, since this is the only time I’ll mention the movie here. Basically, Shrek wishes to understand what it means to be a “real ogre” again, wishing for his life to be changed. This leads to the day Shrek was born to be taken away, leaving him in an alternate reality.
Moving on. Shrek, upon finding Fiona as an ogre, tries to explain that he’s looking for Donkey, only to say: “My donkey fell in your waffle hole.” Some people haven’t looked as deep into this joke, but it’s a vague statement about, well, stuff. It’s a really weird way to put it, but it is what it is.
9 The Curious Potion
So yeah, the Fairy Godmother in Shrek 2 was an interesting character. She sang, danced and was actually the villain in the film. In the movie, Shrek and crew go to Fairy Godmother’s potion factory to find a way to make Fiona happy. You really have to zoom in to find this, but there is a potion bottle that spoofs a certain men's medication.
And we all know what it's used for. It’s used as treatment for dysfunction. So it should come as no surprise that this is parodied in the film, even if just for a brief moment. This isn’t the only potion in Shrek 2 that spoofs a real substance. But at this point, nothing should really surprise you.
8 Just, How?
In Shrek the Third, Shrek is very shocked at the idea of becoming a father. He questions how this all happened. Puss in Boots attempts to go into detail on the birds and bees story, but Shrek interjects, saying that he knows how it happened. This implies that Shrek understands how the babies happened. He’s just in shock by all of it.
What cracks me up is that Donkey then asks Puss in Boots how it does happen. So, Donkey has no clue how he had kids with Dragon? Is that what you’re trying to tell me, DreamWorks? Come on. I know Donkey is a bit clueless, but he’s not that bad, right? Right?
7 From The Beginning
So the first movie starts out with your stereotypical fairytale storybook opening. Shrek explains the story of Princess Fiona, who is locked away in a tower guarded by a dragon. Of course, she’s waiting for true love’s first kiss. However, Shrek laughs, rips a page from the book, and says, “As if that’s gonna ever happen.”
He follows this up with “What a load of…” However, his sentence is cut off by the sound of a toilet flushing. The audience is supposed to assume that Shrek used the page from the book to take care of his business and that he also said an inappropriate word as well. Mind you, this is just how the movie starts.
6 What's This Look Like?
In Shrek 2, Donkey is the first to try out the potion that will supposedly make Shrek handsome. He takes a huge swig from the bottle, then asks Shrek and Puss in Boots if he looks any different. Puss makes the very blunt comment about Donkey. Again, it’s so blunt, especially since the word he uses is just another one for donkey.
This word could also be viewed as Puss calling him this because of his personality. Whichever it is, it’s still a remark that happens in the film, and it’s quite similar to a remark Shrek makes in the first movie. Some people are quite surprised when they hear things like this in the Shrek films. But it’s Shrek. It’s crude humor.
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