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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  • Dragon Raiser
    Dragon Raiser 5 hours ago

    That or if he told someone he’d be afraid of being sent back to the island to be complete, or no one would believe him. Maybe he’s already told someone but was just not taken seriously. It would be a very understandable fear or outcome for the trauma he presumably went through.

  • lilah
    lilah 8 hours ago

    why do you continue to ruin my favorite childhood movies

  • Tatiana Maldonado
    Tatiana Maldonado 8 hours ago

    I never like Pinocchio I never got through the first like 10 minutes because it always creeped me out now I know why it creeped me out those poor little kids

  • The Question
    The Question 18 hours ago

    The bible also has a story of a talking donkey. So that could be a reasonable explanation. Although true, it wouldn't explain the clothing issues.

  • TamTam WayWay
    TamTam WayWay 21 hour ago

    Yeah but could donkey just be facing mad PTSD be the reason he refuses to talk about it? Like, it would be a pretty traumatic experience going to the island as a human and escaping as a donkey.

  • Niknais. TV
    Niknais. TV 21 hour ago

    Where is the singing donkey

  • Niknais. TV
    Niknais. TV 21 hour ago

    Or Bremen musicians German tale

  • Joestop2
    Joestop2 22 hours ago

    Author: I want a cool donkey in my story for no reason
    English teachers:

  • MaritinleYoshi
    MaritinleYoshi Day ago

    I'm pretty sure the Bremen Town Musicians would be a better pick. I mean, a traveling and singing donkey with a cat, a dog and a rooster companion. I loved that fairytale as a child.

  • Kaleb Garnier-Wells

    Ok but what about in the second movie with the potion? Why didn't he turn into a human like shrek did?

  • Ceren Aytekin
    Ceren Aytekin Day ago

    Wtf wow

  • shadow spartan zeta 7

    Sees shrek immediately watches

  • crimson Roses
    crimson Roses Day ago

    It's hilarious to me that both Donkey and Shrek obviously came up with their names on the spot.

  • Thiccer then a sniccer

    I saw a Spinel thumbnail and now I wanna see a Steven Universe theory..

  • Anonymous Muffin

    Sorry but how is this only the second Shrek video on this channel 🤢🐴🥚

  • Jesse Holcomb
    Jesse Holcomb Day ago

    Maybe donkey has tried to tell people, but people ran away because a donkey was talking, so he lost the confidence to try and talk to people, hence why he's shy at the beginning of shrek.

  • MotivationGate By 737

    Talking donkey from the bible

  • Mike H
    Mike H Day ago +1

    Stop using Disney movies as canon. They're not the same thing as the original books.

  • MirandaAnnette144
    MirandaAnnette144 Day ago +1

    I have never thought about Donkey’s origin, but I wish I did. This theory sounds very plausible which is really sad. I feel like Donkey hasn’t said anything because maybe he’s still afraid of them? Or like someone else mentioned in the comments blocked parts of that memory so perhaps he doesn’t remember everything.
    Oh, can we talk about how Pinocchio’s dad (can’t remember his name) is selling him? Like didn’t he love Pinocchio and made him because he wanted a son? I haven’t watched the movie in years so I don’t remember all the details, but watching this made me realized how sad and messed up this movie is. I mean I knew it was, but like I said I haven’t watched it in awhile so watching this I was did this movie not terrify me as a kid.

  • 야나민
    야나민 Day ago +1

    So my theory was right! Yay!

  • Opal 2VZ
    Opal 2VZ Day ago +2

    This could also work with the children turned into donkeys from pinoccio

  • queenofnarnia owlofthenight

    yo, just thought I'd let you know that the original Pinocchio book could also be source material for any theories involving the story. Disney didn't exactly make their Pinocchio film out of whole cloth. Fun facts: Pinocchio murders the cricket and Monstro used to be a nameless asthmatic shark. If I remember correctly, sometime after Pinocchio leaves Pleasure Island, he finds a donkey that was sold off who could still talk.

    On the other hand, the first Shrek movie loved ribbing Disney **cough cough Farquad cough**

  • Colin Klopstra
    Colin Klopstra 2 days ago +1

    Good theorie but in my country everyone knows donkey is a gold coin shiting magic donkey

  • Kristina Cyr
    Kristina Cyr 2 days ago +1

    For some reason I thought this was canon? Maybe I just heard the theory somewhere else and thought it sounded right.

  • Nicolas Mayo
    Nicolas Mayo 2 days ago +1

    I love this theory but most of the evidence is from shrek 3............... THE WORST ONE

  • Nostalgic Dave
    Nostalgic Dave 2 days ago +1

    When you made this theory, did you consider the book the movie was based off of? Just curious

  • Oo Of
    Oo Of 2 days ago +1

    did any body notice he said sesame street and put kermet the frog from the muppets

  • Joshua Ky
    Joshua Ky 2 days ago

    Can we just appreciate how much work film theorie puts into all of these videos

  • Trendyfox00 ART
    Trendyfox00 ART 2 days ago +1

    Don’t forget that in the 1st Shrek movie he pretends to not be able to talk, he could have easily done that to get off pleasure island. If so then who was he sold to and how did he end up with Shrek? We could make a full theory about this! Anyway, it’s just something to think about

  • AITB gacha and roblox
    AITB gacha and roblox 2 days ago +1

    Before the video: I think donkey is one of the children that turned into donkeys on pleasure island. (Pinoccio)

  • Jillian Abbood
    Jillian Abbood 2 days ago +1

    i think in the dream works spooky stories pinocchio mentions something about the time he got stuck in a petting zoo..?

  • Ale Igarabide
    Ale Igarabide 2 days ago +1

    That's actually a fan theory I had as a kid. Good to see one of my favorite theorizers thought of it too.
    That makes another movie were the manager of Pleasure island goes unpunished.

  • Its Zodiac
    Its Zodiac 2 days ago +1

    Matpat: He rips off his skin to reveal he's
    Me: WAIT WHAT NOW?!? (I actually jumped) 😂😂😂

  • El Berno
    El Berno 2 days ago +1

    The Grimm's Donkey, was born in donkey form. It only stands to reason that his children would be born genetically similar.

  • Fnaf Toy
    Fnaf Toy 2 days ago

    Hi Sesame Street that from the Muppets

  • GizmoQueen
    GizmoQueen 2 days ago +6

    Just gonna throw this out there: Bottom from Midsummer Nights Dream

    • GizmoQueen
      GizmoQueen 13 hours ago

      Also, he was considered the Fool/the Clown in that story, and Donkey is clearly meant to be comedy relief, so...

  • Laura Martinez
    Laura Martinez 2 days ago

    I’ve never heard the word ‘donkey’ so much in my life

  • OutLogs
    OutLogs 3 days ago +1

    *Schaffrillas! You recognized him!*

  • Alan Brabender
    Alan Brabender 3 days ago +1


  • Didi Dogster
    Didi Dogster 3 days ago

    and here we see mattpat slowly running out of ideas.

  • popop41111s1 godspee
    popop41111s1 godspee 3 days ago +1

    3:30 most of the fairy tales by the Grimm brothers have very obscure servants or companions

  • Arthur Duffey
    Arthur Duffey 3 days ago +1

    Many victims of traumatic crimes often refuse to testify in open court for fear of the perpetrators so donkey not wanting to talk about it could be his way to take back control of his life

  • Amber Yau Yee Unknown
    Amber Yau Yee Unknown 3 days ago +1

    We are da loyal peeps to Mat UwU

  • true fandom
    true fandom 3 days ago +1

    Well donkey be scared to speak in case he gets...well...turned into a meal. Or something equally depressing

  • วิชชากร สุขวัฒน์

    Can u make theory why he love dragon or He feel something in her? i think he feel it because that dragon was human before... like him(that possible)

  • Reagan Diesing
    Reagan Diesing 3 days ago

    Maybe he told someone before he found Shrek...maybe he tried to tell Farquaad and he just didn't care

  • Frances O'Connor
    Frances O'Connor 3 days ago

    Donkey might not that pleasure islands still happening. Maybe he thought it was a one time thing? Did you ever consider that maybe donkey doesn't know where pleasure island is? Maybe he doesn't even remember? I don't know, but donkey seems like he's an overall good person. He helps shrek capture fiona, he even has his own kids. If this theory about donkey is true, I don't think he's cruel enough to forget about all those boys on pleasure island for his new life

  • Sonja Miles
    Sonja Miles 3 days ago

    you sied ass

  • Galaxy Aguilar
    Galaxy Aguilar 3 days ago

    Yes he is a ***

  • Commander1SUV
    Commander1SUV 3 days ago +1

    When the fuck was pinocchio this dark wtf????

  • Emma
    Emma 3 days ago

    Wait... donkey said he went to college... those boys were NOT the age to be in college....

  • Edward Tafadzwa Fusire

    I think Donkey can be partially forgiven for saying nothing about Pleasure Island. Sometimes the trauma makes you fear its source to the point where addressing it in private is near impossible, now thin about addressing it in public. Also, it's unlikely that Pleasure Island is operating without the backing of powerful people, they probably pay a lot in taxes (or gifts) to the government and they most likely have the backing of their customers who probably wouldn't be too concerned by the fact that their primary labour source is built from human children (after all, slavery is still alive in 2019). Now given the last point, it's unlikely that Donkey's testimony could have changed much. Look at Snowden; he is still considered a fugitive and regardless of your feelings about how he did what he did, he is a parallel of Donkey in this case. Lastly, let's consider how the powers that be would rather demonise accusers instead of addressing the accusation directly. If Donkey were to try and have the "curious case of Pleasure Island" addressed, he would likely be publicly demonised and humiliated for his past as a 'bad child'. Not everyone has it in them to be a martyr and Donkey probably just wants to live out the rest of his life in relative comfort without attracting too much attention to his past (trauma included). Saying he has blood on his hands is literally claiming that a victim of abuse who didn't report the abuse is partially responsible of any subsequent abuses by the abuser.

  • CrepThd
    CrepThd 3 days ago +5

    Matpat: In The words of Sesame Street
    Also Matpat: Shows a Picture of the muppets

  • w.m.d_ _
    w.m.d_ _ 3 days ago +1

    or maybe he already told people about it and it's stopped

  • Yoji
    Yoji 4 days ago +1

    *So donkey is a donkey*

  • Evcorp Vlogs
    Evcorp Vlogs 4 days ago +1

    Ok so the theory made sense but what if we look to the old lady that is selling him

  • Aira Cummins
    Aira Cummins 4 days ago +1

    But royals have immunity to jail so opening make no sense

  • Fredarok
    Fredarok 4 days ago

    Donkey actually appears in the book that Shrek is (VERY loosely) based on, but he's a lot more depressed there.

  • EnderTeimant
    EnderTeimant 4 days ago


  • SamwiseThePippin
    SamwiseThePippin 4 days ago

    I was with you until you started victim blaming Matpat.