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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Sunphil Zablan
Sunphil Zablan Πριν 2 ώρες
I knew about this theory long ago already, but this in-depth analysis made it more clear, thanks
Nyanli Unicat
Nyanli Unicat Πριν 9 ώρες
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.
Anouk Schipper
Anouk Schipper Πριν ημέρα
In Dutch there is a fairytale about this donkey i think that is were its from
Luka 420
Luka 420 Πριν ημέρα
Donkey is from Bible
Mimic Verse
Mimic Verse Πριν ημέρα
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.
Why laugh when you can cry?
Why laugh when you can cry? Πριν ημέρα
Or he did tell the authorities when he escaped and that’s why Pinocchio is still in a that stage
Saif Ali Ahmed
Saif Ali Ahmed Πριν ημέρα
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?
Shavxusvig Fsv
Shavxusvig Fsv Πριν ημέρα
I was writing pinnochio to my friends and it autocorrected to pínon chipotle
Amulet Hp
Amulet Hp Πριν ημέρα
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.
Rosy Cupcake
Rosy Cupcake Πριν 2 ημέρες
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
Coosoon The Ham
Coosoon The Ham Πριν 2 ημέρες
Zain Saleem.Z
Zain Saleem.Z Πριν 2 ημέρες
But in the first movie, he says he was born outside...... He says it when shrek kicks him out of his swamp.
ChromaCat248 Πριν 3 ημέρες
Jacques Jacobs
Jacques Jacobs Πριν 3 ημέρες
Also in shrek (I cant remember if it was sequil or prequil) donkey says he is going to hang out with penocio
Kevin Cruz
Kevin Cruz Πριν 3 ημέρες
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...
Cipher655 Πριν 4 ημέρες
Never looked into that. Havent seen the full video yet... but i call it. Pinochio.
LukeWarmLava Πριν 4 ημέρες
This is definitely the most possible film theory I've ever seen, I 100% believe this one.
Pineapple Panda
Pineapple Panda Πριν 4 ημέρες
I already figured this out. Like ages ago and it took me two seconds but it's still nice to watch film theroy
Sabine Castillo
Sabine Castillo Πριν 4 ημέρες
Me sees the boy in Pinocchio turning into a donkey:the frik is he allowed to drink and smoke?!
ToraToma Πριν 4 ημέρες
can i have the nane of the music pls!
Datboi Cruz
Datboi Cruz Πριν 4 ημέρες
Me seeing the thumbnail: he’s a furry
JerryBoi Πριν 4 ημέρες
Just say he’s scoobydoo’s cousin
FightTheFandoms Πριν 5 ημέρες
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.
pixilkid285 Πριν 5 ημέρες
And donkey did not want to speak
Kathy Whitson
Kathy Whitson Πριν 5 ημέρες
Kathy Whitson
Kathy Whitson Πριν 5 ημέρες
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
Elena Πριν 5 ημέρες
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Steig
Just Being NIK
Just Being NIK Πριν 5 ημέρες
acually, donkey is in a fairy tale book. the original shrek
Chelsea Perez
Chelsea Perez Πριν 5 ημέρες
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.
Baff ForFun
Baff ForFun Πριν 5 ημέρες
1:07 Unicorn.
Danielle Harkness
Danielle Harkness Πριν 5 ημέρες
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.
Cool Dude 876
Cool Dude 876 Πριν 6 ημέρες
11:49 What's The Music
Katerina M.
Katerina M. Πριν 6 ημέρες
wtf was Pinocchio even about?
FluffleLeDuffel Πριν 6 ημέρες
I think that one faitful person is that granny, she selled him
g i r l y
g i r l y Πριν 6 ημέρες
*is it me or are the captions in russian-*
DamagingDdl Πριν 6 ημέρες
This dude really said “ BRAIN BLAST” on some jimmy neutron type jank.
Eve K
Eve K Πριν 6 ημέρες
Dude....you just broke me....
Black Ops Pete
Black Ops Pete Πριν 6 ημέρες
Donkey could also be from The emperors new groove because he could of been turned into a donkey from yzma's potion.
Adam Brooks
Adam Brooks Πριν 7 ημέρες
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.
Lily Pines studio
Lily Pines studio Πριν 7 ημέρες
Whoo oooww
Roslin Lawless
Roslin Lawless Πριν 7 ημέρες
good vid
Jan Hovde
Jan Hovde Πριν 7 ημέρες
that rabadash guy from the third narnia book was not a theory? You didnt even mention it. How did u overlook it? (it might not be a fairy tale, but what ever)
The Drangler
The Drangler Πριν 7 ημέρες
One problem: If this was the case, why didn’t the potion in Shrek 2 turn donkey back into a human?
Alex Jack
Alex Jack Πριν 7 ημέρες
Well children aren’t a fairy tale so try again
Julian Rittichier
Julian Rittichier Πριν 7 ημέρες
Swich the donkey with a llama and we got a shrek/wandering trader!
AmberLeaves Πριν 7 ημέρες
I have a line that Donkey says that shows why he might have been sent to Pleasure island. It’s from Shrek the Third (Even if it’s an awful movie and I personally don’t consider it canon). When Donkey and Puss switch bodies, Donkey says: “I haven’t been on a trip like that since college.”. This implies that Donkey was already college-age when he was sent to Pleasure island. Also, this is an adult joke that implies that Donkey went on a drug trip. That might be why he was sent to Pleasure island.
Lee Kasa
Lee Kasa Πριν 7 ημέρες
as a kid I always thought that Donkey was supposed to be the donkey from the Brementown musicians and thats why he is constantly singing lol
Zachary Reed
Zachary Reed Πριν 7 ημέρες
Did anyone notice in the story that the donkey in the book had human legs
Bees a little nerd Bird
Bees a little nerd Bird Πριν 7 ημέρες
The second you started on fairy tails my brain went, “Oh! Midsummer nights dream!” Which could totally make sense. Maybe. I dunno.
Blue Connolly
Blue Connolly Πριν 8 ημέρες
Donkey could have shut down tge pleasure island and that is why pinocio has remained a living toy
Skunktears 120
Skunktears 120 Πριν 8 ημέρες
0:05 you think your slick willy
Allison Grace
Allison Grace Πριν 8 ημέρες
Shrek 4: The Discovering of Donkey
Alex Dunn
Alex Dunn Πριν 8 ημέρες
In Shrek 2, Donkey drank the happily ever after potion that turned him into his most desired self. Shrek turned into a human, becoming less feared and able to live life comfortably, which is all he ever wanted to do. Donkey, however, turned into a 'noble steed', a valiant stallion. Assuming this theory is true and that Donkey started off as a human, wouldn't he want to turn back into a human? The reason he is so content with being a donkey and doesn't tell anyone about what happened on Pleasure Island can only mean one thing... Donkey's human form was a furry. His fursona is a horse named Steed Thank you for coming to my TED Talk
David Wischstadt
David Wischstadt Πριν 8 ημέρες
Don’t worry nothing out there is canon
Tim Woods
Tim Woods Πριν 8 ημέρες
That would explain why he's still a donkey. According to at least one iteration of the lore, doing good or working well will eventually lead to the donkeys turning back into humans.
Raxacoricofallapatorian Πριν 8 ημέρες
Is this a re-upload? I feel like I've seen this before
Royal Reality
Royal Reality Πριν 8 ημέρες
Amarthus G
Amarthus G Πριν 8 ημέρες
I scrolled down a bit. Someone mentioned the "I cant feel my toes... I dont have any toes!" line... but I would like to know what MatPat thinks of the part when Shrek and Donkey drink the magic potion and donkey instead of turning human turns into a steed.
idilyc 2
idilyc 2 Πριν 9 ημέρες
But in shrek 3 it confirms donkey “didn’t have a trip like that since college”. I don’t know any young kids that went to COLLEGE and did drugs!
idilyc 2
idilyc 2 Πριν 9 ημέρες
Also, it might have been shrek 2.
Tsemuka Πριν 9 ημέρες
Disney owns Dreamworks
Alphes Warm hugs!
Alphes Warm hugs! Πριν 9 ημέρες
I advise that u don't watch this before bed cus now I can't decide if my childhood is ruined or Im gonna have nightmares
Legacie Phillips
Legacie Phillips Πριν 9 ημέρες
Hold up... Nah nah nah, Matthew. You need to tell us how the donkey from the story was BORN A DONKEY and then somehow became a man hiding in donkey skin. TELL US FATHER OR WE SHANT SLEEP
luke11685 gamerz31w
luke11685 gamerz31w Πριν 10 ημέρες
There were also blind mice.
luke11685 gamerz31w
luke11685 gamerz31w Πριν 10 ημέρες
If Donkey was a human then why in Shrek 2 he turned into horse instead?
AVA REMINGTON Πριν 10 ημέρες
I think donkey is the wonky donkey, it’s dream-works, they can’t reference Disney.
Marieke van Kempen
Marieke van Kempen Πριν 10 ημέρες
I always thought Donkey is from the Town Musicians of Bremen
Kristopher Chavez
Kristopher Chavez Πριν 10 ημέρες
I know I'm late and MatPat will never read this, but the reason Donkey wouldn't say anything is out of fear of retribution. That's why they invented the Witness Protection Program so that people would be willing to testify without fear of being hunted down and killed. If there were something like that for Donkey, perhaps some way to reverse the curse, as they wouldn't know what his human form would look like, and taking on a different name, he would likely be far more willing to talk about it. That's why he would have said "Some things are better left unsaid."
Forest Grump
Forest Grump Πριν 11 ημέρες
I mean, we don't know what he did to turn into a donkey in the first place. Sure, we only see some of the boys wrecking stuff and smoking, but it's entirely possible he could have done something worse. Something he would have to admit to if he tried to unearth the place. Also, he was clearly owned by a woman who wasn't nice to him, maybe she didn't believe him?
Waan's World
Waan's World Πριν 11 ημέρες
Donkey is from old mecdonald
caelan bingham
caelan bingham Πριν 11 ημέρες
Just by reading the title I predict that donkey is an animagi. Shrek and harry potter are in the same universe
GamerBrotherLi 62
GamerBrotherLi 62 Πριν 11 ημέρες
MATPAT: The only story with a talking donkey is the Grimm Fairy Tales story, The Donkey. ME: Hold on a second... *Flicks through the Bible* ...wait a minute!
Rhianna Myers
Rhianna Myers Πριν 11 ημέρες
Actually, it's quite possible that Donkey did try to tell people about Pleasure Island, people just might not have listened. He was shown as a slave to witches and a woman attempted to sell him for his ability to talk, neither situations sound like he was in the possession of anyone who would have actually cared that he used to be human. Add in the trauma, which being ignored when he tried to tell people about would only exaggerate, and you have a Donkey who no longer sees the point in talking about Pleasure Island. Kids tend to start bottling things up when they feel like no one is listening, Donkey was probably still a child when he escaped. Later on, when he was older, it would have become harder to talk about because he had buried the trauma. This would explain his sudden shift in attitude when Puss calls out his species' lack of clothing. Donkey likely has a mild form of PTSD, purely based on his reactions to triggers such as the school and bullies. From the movie, he has a pretty good handle on his reactions and has mostly moved past it, but this can be achieved with self treatment. On this same note, Shrek's world doesn't seem to have any form of therapy. Or at least none that would be available for Donkey. He would have had to self treat, and that is never a good idea. It often leads to a form of avoidance until one is forced to confront the problem.
Myy Artifex
Myy Artifex Πριν 12 ημέρες
Or he is from the "Town musicians of Bremen" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Town_Musicians_of_Bremen
Yo face
Yo face Πριν 12 ημέρες
You can't blame donkey for not speaking about the horrors he experienced. It's hard for people to talk about their trauma, for example the majority of rapes go unreported because of the emotional trauma the victims go through
Jingle Studios official
Jingle Studios official Πριν 12 ημέρες
I thought it was like pinnochio, like the magic donkey island.
believe in a brighter tommorow
believe in a brighter tommorow Πριν 13 ημέρες
Anyone else remember donkey saying he was born outside in Shrek 1 "I'm a donkey, I was born outside, so outside is um, best I guess"
Nor-ow Turner
Nor-ow Turner Πριν 13 ημέρες
Did anyone else feel bad when Alexander said "I wanna go home to my mommy!"
Aurora Shotwell
Aurora Shotwell Πριν 13 ημέρες
Shrek is 20 years old you do know that right
Nyla Jereb
Nyla Jereb Πριν 13 ημέρες
But didnt in the 3rd Shrek movie donkey menchions twice of him aparenly being in highschool and college? Unless if hes smart enough to be in and graduate college at 10 or younger, which is VERY unlikely. And the scam of kidnapping LITTLE boys and turning them into donkeys, I would doubt they would take a 20 year old or at least a teenager unless the first claim I said is correct. Just something to think about....
Jack the 7th Man
Jack the 7th Man Πριν 13 ημέρες
0:50 *Nobody:* *Nobody at all:* *Not even MatPat:* *Spinel:* GEE, IT'S SWELL TO FINALLY MEET HER OTHER FRIENDS
Fidel Osorio
Fidel Osorio Πριν 14 ημέρες
That not the only talking donkey also. Winnie the pooh's Eeyore
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