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

  • Published: 17 September 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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  • ivan almazan
    ivan almazan  1 days back

    The Bible

    • PierceTheChemicalBlackVeilBrides

      100% true. In shrek 2 donkey even says he and pinocchio are going to a tournament.

      • Cheseypizza 2005
        Cheseypizza 2005  2 days back

        Plus in the shrek donkey pretends he can’t talk so he won’t be sold, he probably escaped from pleasure island pretending he couldn’t talk and then found a way to escape

        • WillieManga
          WillieManga  2 days back

          I admit, I always thought Donkey was a reference to the kids who turned into a donkey in Pinocchio. Maybe he really is Lampwick post-jackassification; granted a more kindhearted yet egotisitcal version of Lampwick, but still.

          • Ginger Flynn
            Ginger Flynn  3 days back

            This is making me so sad cuz this movie was sad and I always cried when that happened and now I hate donkey for not stoping it

            • V3rySketchy
              V3rySketchy  4 days back

              Technically donkey couldn’t of been a boy from pleasure island because, in shrek 3 donkey says that he has been to college.

              • LivingDew
                LivingDew  4 days back

                Could the talking donkey be from the Bible, numbers 22

                • Dasnnie Navarrete
                  Dasnnie Navarrete  4 days back

                  Tbh I thought donkey was from a song called "con mi burrito sabanero."

                  • Max Manuel
                    Max Manuel  4 days back

                    Donkey 🇻🇬

                    • QB Ricky
                      QB Ricky  5 days back

                      Why was I listening to notorious BIG, and this came up next? Very strange

                      • Samurai Cole
                        Samurai Cole  5 days back

                        wait if Donkey is probably a part of the pinoccio backstory then why in Shrek 2 he mentions when Jack selling donkey for magic beans

                        • ETERNAL GAMER25
                          ETERNAL GAMER25  5 days back

                          Either that or he’s just a talking donkey.

                          • ETERNAL GAMER25
                            ETERNAL GAMER25  5 days back



                            • Gabe I.
                              Gabe I.  5 days back

                              Donkey is in the original shrek book and he talks in the book

                              • Siobhan Cadogan
                                Siobhan Cadogan  5 days back

                                Donkey: I can't feel my toes I don't have any toes
                                Donkey: I'm making waffles
                                Donkey: I'm having memories of wedgies and swirlies
                                Donkey: your days of little donkey dumpy drawers are over
                                Donkey: somethings are better left unsiad

                                • Lily O'neil
                                  Lily O'neil  5 days back

                                  The one time matpat isint a grammar police

                                  • My Name
                                    My Name  6 days back

                                    I’m so glad you mentioned him! I love his videos!

                                    • Cazy Cyborg
                                      Cazy Cyborg  6 days back

                                      The donkey could be from the Bible

                                      • Shelly Fish
                                        Shelly Fish  6 days back

                                        Google shreks knees

                                        • Paige
                                          Paige  6 days back

                                          No donkey is one of the boys in pinocchio who was turned into a donkey.

                                          • marionette jc
                                            marionette jc  6 days back

                                            Wait they call him donkey what if donkey is actually Alexander or what's his real name

                                            • The Hidden Mystic
                                              The Hidden Mystic  6 days back

                                              Unless they’re saying the Bible is a fairy tale n donkey comes from numbers 22:28.

                                              • The_G_Pig_Whisperer 131


                                                MatPat his eye is nightmare fuel!!!

                                                • Ethan Powlus
                                                  Ethan Powlus  1 weeks back

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                                                  • McGriddle69
                                                    McGriddle69  1 weeks back

                                                    You’re giving donkey a hard time. Maybe he hadn’t said anything because he’s scared that these criminals will come after him.

                                                    • Dragonteam1708
                                                      Dragonteam1708  1 weeks back

                                                      The Donky originated by the book Shrek

                                                      • apex King
                                                        apex King  1 weeks back

                                                        Pleasure island is creepy

                                                        • Jelly Waltzov
                                                          Jelly Waltzov  1 weeks back

                                                          Being a little to harsh there MatPat. Donkey is traumatized and probably blames himself for what happened to him, being a bad child. He probably believes that he deserved it and lives his life in secret overwhelming shame. Explains why he is so obnoxiously talkative, just scared of having a quiet moment where he would have to think, remember...

                                                          • Marissa B
                                                            Marissa B  1 weeks back

                                                            yeah but people don’t like talking about how they’ve been raped so it makes sense that donkey doesn’t say anything

                                                            • Angelica Valenzuela
                                                              Angelica Valenzuela  1 weeks back

                                                              but how did he get sold to the old lady in or found the movie,

                                                              • Hollow knight Vs void
                                                                Hollow knight Vs void  1 weeks back

                                                                Kermit is NOT IN SESAME STREET !!!!!!!!

                                                                • Jakob Arnold
                                                                  Jakob Arnold  1 weeks back

                                                                  With the cgi we have today a new realistic shrek film would be sick

                                                                  • TheAvirus
                                                                    TheAvirus  1 weeks back

                                                                    I hope they make a Shrek movie showing Pinocchio stage 3 and 4

                                                                    • Cutiepie Gamer
                                                                      Cutiepie Gamer  1 weeks back

                                                                      I used to think that Donkey was one of those kids from Pinocchio that were turned into donkeys but he managed to escape. It doesn’t really hold up but it’s fun to think about

                                                                      Edit: wait sorry he brings it up. My bad

                                                                      • Airplane 64
                                                                        Airplane 64  1 weeks back

                                                                        Something serious though, Shrek said, and I quote, "You think he's compensating for something?" And Donkey does not reply. Coincidence? I think NOT

                                                                        • Airplane 64
                                                                          Airplane 64  1 weeks back

                                                                          Wat r u doin, in meh swamp!!!!!

                                                                          • Airplane 64
                                                                            Airplane 64  1 weeks back


                                                                            • Aidan Muller
                                                                              Aidan Muller  2 weeks back

                                                                              Donkey or not, it still doesn't hide the fact that he fucked a dragon. Just saying.

                                                                              • Low Horvath
                                                                                Low Horvath  2 weeks back

                                                                                My new head canon is that donkey went back to pleasure island with his dragon wife and freed everyone . OR pleasure island was discovered and shut down by someone while donkey was with the old woman who went on to try to turn him in .

                                                                                • Depressed Luigi
                                                                                  Depressed Luigi  2 weeks back

                                                                                  I really thought it was based off of this one story in the Bible

                                                                                  • Mr. Dynomite
                                                                                    Mr. Dynomite  2 weeks back

                                                                                    So, why are the two subtitles english, and russian?

                                                                                    • Isaiah D
                                                                                      Isaiah D  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Grimm’s Donkey was the OG furry

                                                                                      • Abby Aitken
                                                                                        Abby Aitken  2 weeks back

                                                                                        I think Mat Pat puts so much more thought into Disney movies than Disney

                                                                                        • Jerry McPeake
                                                                                          Jerry McPeake  2 weeks back

                                                                                          well how could donkey prove that he's a real boy from what you said he may have lost his name while escaping or he tried to end pleasure lands tyranny but ended up mistaken as another magical talking animal and ended as donkey on the lamb from his former captureds

                                                                                          • Nathan Law
                                                                                            Nathan Law  2 weeks back

                                                                                            solution: its dunkey

                                                                                            • Queen Evie464
                                                                                              Queen Evie464  2 weeks back

                                                                                              This is very creppy heh heh

                                                                                              • drake574
                                                                                                drake574  2 weeks back

                                                                                                *Watches theory about how profitable kidnapping children, and selling them off as donkeys*
                                                                                                “Huh, this video looks interesting, don’t tell me it’s one of Pinocchio’s donkeys”
                                                                                                *turns out it’s exactly that*

                                                                                              • ThatOneTransGuy
                                                                                                ThatOneTransGuy  2 weeks back

                                                                                                3:13 really reminds me of "big bright beautiful world" from shrek the musical 🤷‍♂️