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



100 Responses

  1. Dillon Richard

    December 18, 2019 9:35 pm

    I hate to do this to you Matty my boy, but this theory has one donkey breathed hole in it. "I mean I do like the outdoors, I'm a donkey, I was born outside." Sure, his statement "I'm a donkey " and "I was born outside " might be unrelated, but their proximity suggests that the latter is a direct result of the former.

  2. JokerzPrincezz

    December 19, 2019 4:25 am

    Ok but let’s be real.
    If donkey is a Pinocchio donkey from pleasure island, he’s undergone horrific abuse and is probably terrified of being sent back. The film starts out with innocent fairy tail creatures being rounded up, donkey is probably frightened that if anyone finds out where he’s from, they’ll send him back since he’s technically the property of the pleasure island owner.
    There’s a reason people who are hurt keep their mouths shut even after, fear of the abuser


    December 19, 2019 4:33 am

    Unpopular Opinion:
    Donkey is actually the talking donkey from the Bible. He is immortal because God made him that way.

  4. Joe Gray

    December 19, 2019 5:25 am

    What if the reason donkey hasn't said anything is because he doesn't know it's going on. He's a grown donkey now. Maybe he was apart of the test subjects when the bad dudes were developing the way they turn boys into donkeys. Maybe he was a "failure" so he thinks the whole experiment went under. Give donkey the benefit of the doubt.

  5. Nomi NOMI

    December 19, 2019 8:25 pm

    Idk what its called but there's a donkey dog and rooster they are all to old and owners want to get rid of them

  6. MnemeNation

    December 20, 2019 2:30 am

    So I’m not finished with the video yet but my guess right now is he’s a donkey from Pinocchio’s island since the kids there turn into donkeys

  7. Jcj Alba

    December 20, 2019 5:17 am

    Hmm, I thought it was Tingalayo the Guyanan rhyme of an unusual donkey that eats waffles, dance, talk, and sing.

  8. QueenCheetah

    December 20, 2019 5:21 am

    Er, with regards to the whole 'Donkey could totally stop the whole 'Pleasure Island' horror show'- didn't the theorists already prove in another video that selling the transformed boys would be quite lucrative for the Coachman? Why on Earth would anyone believe a talking donkey (in a world clearly awash in magic and malevolence in equal measures)… when surely the Coachman could easily either threaten or bribe anyone who dared to look too closely into his business?

  9. Jeff the Cat King

    December 22, 2019 10:33 am

    I can debunk this theory. Unfortunately in shrek's freestyle rap he refers to his donkey as wonky and there is actually an obscure fairy tale called the wonky donkey so it's more likely that donkey is the wonky donkey. This was not just to debunk it to shove it in mat's face I just wanted to point it out. That donkey also talks.

  10. Fire Phoenix Studios

    December 23, 2019 12:07 am

    I’m still waiting until MatPat finds out that Donkey wasn’t a fairytale character but was just in the original book and that’s why they included him

  11. A. Mermaid

    December 23, 2019 7:21 am

    Ooooo I like this theory. When I first clicked on this video, I thought donkey was one of the boys that got turned into a donkey from Pinocchio. I thought maybe, he had just grown up and learned to talk.

  12. MagicatForest 12579

    December 24, 2019 1:57 am

    theres a video of the movie shrek but every time he takes a step in increases by 5%. edit:by speed not length

  13. Melissa Schwalk

    December 24, 2019 2:03 am

    During part of the movie Donkey says he's a donkey, he was born outside. And in the second movie, he remembers his farmer trying to sell him for some magic beans. He was just a regular donkey with a spark of magic that allowed him to talk. Also, the joke "Some things are better left unknown" I think was supposed to be an implication of some weird fetish or kink the farmer had, and not avoidance. The farmer put him in underwear.

  14. Regina Acosta Gutiérrez

    December 24, 2019 2:09 am

    The dialouge in spanish makes these theory makes nonsense! But! These is the original lenguage sooo

  15. GilgaTed

    December 24, 2019 2:33 pm

    MatPat – a talking donkey what is he doing here
    The Bible and God with the talking donkey in numbers – am I a joke to you

  16. Garrett Buchanan

    December 24, 2019 9:14 pm

    Just saying im pretty sure the kids turn into jack asses that's the idea of that part they drop ouf of school chasing a silly dream and become jackasses quite literally but it's also a metaphorical warning to children

  17. AvaFromEngland

    December 25, 2019 4:46 am

    Pretty sure that Donkey was referencing receiving wedgies, but of course without underwear.

    Doesn’t take an Einstein to understand that.

  18. Donut Sorto

    December 26, 2019 11:41 pm

    super crazy theory for mat: what if Donkey got off the island by secretly sneaking onto the boats, and when they found out he could talk, they threw him overboard, making him hit his head. He woke up where ever the setting of Shrek takes place and, having no recollection of pleasure island at all, he went to the nearest house to find help. He could still talk, and still had clothes. The person he went to was the old lady who we saw at the beginning of Shrek. She took care of him and made him wear no clothes like a regular donkey. Eventually she learned he could talk and tried to sell him.

  19. Tmac moneyMike

    December 27, 2019 12:04 am

    Remember in the first movie, when donkey is first introduced? The woman who owned him tried to show everyone he could talk but he acted like he couldn’t? What if that’s how he escaped pleasure island. He stayed quiet, until he slipped and the woman heard him. 🤔

  20. ever

    December 27, 2019 3:13 am

    This is not that dark mat just made this look like it f dark and don't forget every fairy tail got a chance so no this theory is true that donkey was a human but not how he got turn in to a donkey

  21. Kitty the gamer!

    December 27, 2019 5:07 am

    Did you guys know that shrek was a revege story?
    Shreck was make by a ex Disney animator that was kicked out.
    So, he make shrek to make fun of all of Disney’s fairytales.

  22. aalbli

    December 27, 2019 10:29 pm

    But Donkey went to college.. Does this mean he went as a donkey? Can donkeys do that in this world? Maybe, but I feel Donkey would be too annoying to be allowed to continue studying in any post-secondary education, let alone get in… Unless he had incredible grades.. and if that's the case, is Donkey smarter than he presents himself to be? Like Dory? Why would he want to go to college in the first place? It's kinda suspicious.

  23. The Hoodhangers

    December 29, 2019 12:02 am

    He could have come from Pinocchio. In the movie, lots of naughty boys are sent to an island and are later turned into donkeys. Only some of the boys didn’t partake in enough of the magic that turns them into donkeys and can still talk.

  24. Devin Shalvin

    December 29, 2019 7:27 am

    The movie Shrek is based on the the book Shrek ! by William Steig which does feature a talking donkey.


    December 29, 2019 7:02 pm

    Matpat i agree with you except on one thing….if he learned to control his braying then y at the beginning of shrek when he was almost captured in that line for fairytale creatures could he not pretend to be a perfect donkey? I guess u could just say he can't do it on demand, but then how can u rlly say he can control it…just a thought

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    December 29, 2019 7:11 pm

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    December 29, 2019 9:04 pm

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  28. NAMINE0306

    December 29, 2019 11:36 pm

    Im at the beginning of the video , my theory is thats hes from pinochio , hes one of the naughty kids turned donkey.

    Now lets see if im right.

    Edit:CALLED IT!

  29. Massai King

    December 30, 2019 6:24 am

    It could be possible that Donkey was based on the donkey from The William Steig Children's Book "Shrek", the book the movies were based on.

  30. Redbock 99

    December 30, 2019 12:31 pm

    I always thought he was one of the boys who got turned into a donkey in Pinocchio. Doesn't matter I wrote this before the video

  31. David Reyes

    December 31, 2019 3:11 am

    My own theory about Donkey is this: From the original Pinnochio story.
    In the original story and several animated cartoons based on it, Pinocchio goes to an island which has nothing but naughty boys who do nothing but fight with each other and misbehave. And in Italy, "DONKEY"… and there were two words in Italian for donkey, "asino" and " Somaro"'… mean "Stupid and ignorant". And in the schools, kids who badly misbehaved in school had "Orecchie d'asino" , donkeys ears, as a symbol of ignorance. Like the conical dunce cap in the U.S A.

    Plus Donkey knows Pinocchio, went to high school, as mentioned in Shrek 2, SO… Donkey is one of the naughty boys who managed to escape the island before he became a full donkey.

    How he manages to have half dragon, half donkey offspring I'll leave to others to explain.

  32. hydra madness 312

    January 2, 2020 9:03 pm

    If I was turned into a donkey on so called "pleasure" island I would kick em with my back hooves and bite em
    But I wouldn't trust em when kidnapping sooo it would probably never even happen

  33. Brendan Geier

    January 3, 2020 8:11 am

    I can’t believe a giant channel like Film Theory gave a shoutout to a lesser known channel like Schaffrillas! This makes me so happy!

  34. JusticeGraceful

    January 3, 2020 9:16 am

    All it takes for bad men to do evil is for good men to say nothing. In which case, you're just as evil as the bad guy doing it.

  35. Ren Saikou

    January 3, 2020 9:26 am

    Wasn't there a story about a Donkey that pooped out gold? I think I heard it in my childhood and after watching Shrek, I was very confident that this was the fairytale…
    I come from Germany, so it may not be a popular fairytale anywhere else…
    But I always thought that it was that fairytale.


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