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Goofs from Shrek

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  • During the scene where Shrek and Donkey meet the mascot, after the mascot is on the ground, while looking through the doorway, the mascot isn't colored.
  • The chain around Dragon's neck is not there when Donkey summons her before the wedding scene, but it appears seconds later when Shrek gives Donkey a noogie. The chain disappears again after Shrek uses it to climb onto her.
  • Near the end of the movie, when Shrek and Donkey are rushing to make the wedding, Shrek climbs up the chain to get on Dragon. Previously, it has been assumed that Dragon then flies off, but if you look closely, Dragon lifts Donkey onto her back with her paw, and Donkey is present at all times.
  • When Shrek sits to eat his meal he has a slug on the left-hand side of his plate facing towards him. When he is invaded by the Three Blind Mice the slug is suddenly facing the other way.
  • When Donkey passes out (after the arrow incident) you see some dry leaves drifting up from the floor. However, in the next, wider shot there are no leaves to be seen.
  • As Shrek and Donkey are leaving we see them walk through sunflowers before the onions and cabbages. Later as they are walking back, the sunflowers are farther away from the castle than any other plant.
  • When Shrek and Donkey are looking at the stars, in one shot Orion's Belt (three bright stars in a row) is right next to the moon, but in the next shot of the stars it's not.
  • When Donkey first meets Shrek while Shrek confronts the knights, the shadows of all people in the scene do not fall the same way, Shrek's shadow is casting more forward onto the leader knight, whereas the knights' shadows are off to their left.
  • When Fiona finishes off the rest of Robin Hood's Merry Men, she cries out a few seconds later that an arrow is stuck in Shrek's butt. However, if one looks in the few shots beforehand, there is none there.
  • When Lord Farquaad is questioning Gingerbread Man, he throws its leg onto the tray that it is lying on but when the camera shows the Gingerbread Man, the leg is nowhere to be seen.
  • When Shrek and Donkey visit the Mini-Theatre in Duloc it takes a photo of them. After taking the photo, Donkey turns his head little. But in the next shot, the head is in the same pose as in the picture.
  • When Lord Farquaad finds Shrek, Donkey and Fiona after Donkey discovers Fiona's secret, he gives Shrek a scroll, claiming it's the deed to the swamp. Later, when he leaves with Fiona, the scroll is nowhere to be seen.
  • In the last two shots of the scene in which Fiona takes out Hood and his men, the swing that the Friar was in is missing from the background.
  • As far as we know, Fiona has spent her entire life alone in the tower, so she should have no knowledge of the outside world. Yet as her encounters with the songbird and Robin Hood demonstrate, she is more than capable of taking care of herself. However, it is revealed in Shrek 2 (2004) that she's spent at least a few years of her life outside the tower (from Fiona's diary), which might be the time when she learned her skills. Another theory is that she could have been practicing in her room in the tower.
  • Shrek, Donkey and Fiona stop twice after her rescue, so as not to reveal Fiona's secret. At the second stop, the door to Fiona's cabin opens in & out.
  • Shrek makes jokes about Lord Farquaad's height even though he just learned of Farquaad's existence, and never saw him anywhere before except on a balcony. However, Donkey could have heard about Farquaad's height before, and told Shrek about it during their quest.
  • The sun sets in different directions with respect to the same view of Lord Farquaad's castle.
  • "Lord Farquaad summons the Mirror to show him a princess he can marry (to become King of Duloc). The Mirror presents him with Cinderella, who is not a princess in her own right, so Lord Farquaad could not become King by marrying her. Of the choices named by the Mirror, only Snow White and Fiona are princesses." Cinderella is one of the earliest Disney princesses, although not a princess by definition. This is a deliberate choice of the filmmakers, who are satirising fairy tales but Disney in particular. For example, Farquaad's character has been recognised as a jab at Michael Eisner, the CEO of the Disney Corporation when Shrek was filmed.
  • When Shrek and Donkey arrive at Duloc, Shrek scares the parking valet who then proceeds to run back and forth through the roped queuing area. When seen from above, he has 4 more rows to run, but when seen from behind, once he runs those four rows, he still has two more rows to run.
  • The door to Shrek's swamp opens inwards in some scenes and outwards in others and is stopped by the frame each time. It should only be able to open one way.
  • There is a spigot on the barrel next to the one that Shrek whacks with the beer mug at the tournament, as seen in the overhead shot. Seconds later, when Donkey uses the same barrel to crush the knights, the spigot has disappeared.
  • Disappearing shield on the wall behind Shrek at the tournament. It is there when Shrek is announced as champion, but then is gone in the next shot.
  • When Shrek first paints the "Beware Ogre" sign at the beginning, the top left corner is missing from the piece of wood. In the next shot, the top right corner is missing (as if the painting was done on the other side of the wood).
  • During the campfire scene, with the shot that has Shrek looking at the camera, his left eye goes through the left eyelids.
  • The three blind mice and the woman who lived in a shoe seen in Shrek's swamp are not actually fairy tale characters but nursery rhyme characters.
  • Farquaad does not seem to know where the fairy tale creatures are when he tortures Gingerbread Man for information but he mutters 'indeed' when he hears Shrek telling him he dumped the fairy tale creatures on his property which could imply Farquaad did know where the fairy tale creatures were.
  • Geppetto and Peter Pan are seen selling Pinocchio and Tinker Bell but given they are also fairy tale beings they should have been arrested and rounded up as well. However, only fairy tale CREATURES are being rounded up; Geppetto is merely an ordinary man, and if he walks instead of flying, Peter Pan will pass as an ordinary boy.
  • When Shrek rushes to the wedding he tells Fiona that Lord Farquaad just wants to marry her to become king, but given the fact that he was not told this there's no way he could have known about it to tell her.
  • When Fiona, Shrek and Donkey camp the first time, you see Fiona eavesdropping from the cave after the sun has set. She wanted to camp for the night to avoid being seen as an ogre, but when the camera zooms in on her face, she is human.
  • In this film it is implied Shrek lives alone because of his looks and the fact he is an ogre which frightens the villagers and this seems to upset him. However in Forever After it is the exact opposite where Shrek now wants to be feared again. It is possible Shrek simply got used to being feared by the villagers in this film and that his life was better living alone.
  • Lord Farquaad 'hires' Shrek and Donkey to go and rescue Fiona from her tower prison. But it should had been either impossible or very difficult to find the tower especially how it is implied the trio don't know where the tower is. Plus Shrek would need at least a map or compass to find the tower. It is possible though the magic mirror gave Farquaad directions or less likely Shrek and Donkey may have heard of the tower and have a rough idea where it is.
  • After Fiona's singing blows up the bird, she is sitting cooking eggs on a rock. When Shrek wakes up she asks him how he likes his eggs - a pointless question since she is already frying them.


  • The Three Blind Mice are turned into horses to pull the coach after the wedding reception, yet they are seen moments later dancing on the organ keys. A closer look reveals that there was a passage of time (perhaps a day) between these two shots.
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