Film Theory: Shrek’s Donkey was SECRETLY a Human! (Shrek Movie) March 3, 2020 Tags:donkey, donkey origin, film theorists, film theory, film theory shrek, fiona, hallelujah shrek, horror, lost boys, MatPat, Meme, pinocchio, scary, shrek, shrek 2, shrek donkey, shrek full movie, shrek is life, shrek is love, shrek meme, shrek movie, shrek pinocchio, shrek reboot, shrek retold, shrek song Related Posts Portland Mayor-Elect Kate Snyder’s Inauguration High desert community watch • Intense situation 2016 Selden Society lecture – David Jackson AM QC on Sir Harry Gibbs CJ About The Author Benny Maldonado 100 Comments Super Gaming Cat🐈 Penokyo is really freaky 😋😱 February 7, 2020 Reply Brendan Loughlin Matpat left something out of this theory.The boat used to get to Pleasure Island. February 7, 2020 Reply RAGEDEMON mat you also forgot that donkey says in Shrek 2 when Shrek shouts at donkey to leave that's fine me and pinokio were gonna play cards or something February 7, 2020 Reply Madison Graves Maybe Donkey did tell someone or something, and that's why Panocio is still a toy the whole time which would be a long time. February 8, 2020 Reply Jacob Ellinger This makes his relationship with Dragon kinda uhh… February 8, 2020 Reply Aaron Hossain MatPat: Mentions Sesame StreetShows KermitMe: "WRYYYYYYYYYYY" February 9, 2020 Reply Whatever ??? You forgot “donkeyskin” by Charles Perrault. Theres a fairy godmother in the story too. 👀 It ends really dark for the donkey though. February 9, 2020 Reply Creepy VampGirl You’d think Donkey would prefer to be human again instead of a horse in Shrek 2 😂But I mean… he probably accepted the fact he’s a donkey and wishes he was something bigger and stronger. 🤷🏻♀️But eh that’s just a theory. February 10, 2020 Reply Peppa pig I think I'll never sleep again February 10, 2020 Reply Julie Aguilar Me watching this video: Maybe he’s a boy who got turned into a donkey from Pinocchio. After watching the video: I KNEW IT! February 11, 2020 Reply Riley Ohrt Steven universe movie easter egg! Trust me, I can see spinel their at 0:51 February 11, 2020 Reply Joshua Satoshi Weaver Actually, I'd imagine Donkey DIDN'T escape from the island. When we meet him, he's being sold by his owner. Remember the pleasure island scheme was to sell the turned boys into slavery. What likely happened was a parallel of what happened at the beginning of Shrek: he sees how terribly those that are revealed to still be able to talk are treated and stays silent. This allows him to at least escape the slavers to a new environment. Also this would have happened to him as a CHILD. He's an adult when we meet him, and who knows what happened to him during his life in bondage. Maybe he DID try to get help, and no one believed him. Maybe his buyers already knew. Whatever happened, he lost all identity as a human, regarding an ideal, beautiful self as a better acclaimed hoofed-beast. He doesn't even have a name given by his owners, only going by 'Donkey'. Plus, when we meet him, it would have been the second time his life had been treated as an object worth only for the gain of others; evidence that the world (or the world of humans) regard the lives of those they deem beneath them for naught. It's no wonder he imprinted so hard on Shrek, the first person to treat him as a person. February 11, 2020 Reply Vampire Pug What if Donkey had squealed about the pleasure island operation? And this changed the course of pinocchio's story, meaning that the shrek's Pinocchio never got to go to pleasure island? And heck if that's the case, I wouldn't want to talk about it either, me exposing a disgusting business while knowing that so many boys were still hurting because the are forever donkeys. That would weigh hard on me February 11, 2020 Reply Ben There is just one flaw in that plan…. sheet is universal…. not Disney February 11, 2020 Reply Aleksadroization that music is killing me February 11, 2020 Reply Victor I don’t know why or how but you managed to make Shrek scary Maybe it’s because it’s late February 11, 2020 Reply dustal ruiz Jesus Christ , that 11:43 part showing donkey literally scared me . Oh my good God February 12, 2020 Reply Galia Norman I thought the talking donkey was teasing the Bible. Where the donkey speaks out when it’s master is being abusive? I just thought they were calling the Bible a fairytale 😂 February 12, 2020 Reply chloe wang the puuss in boots universe has confirmed that donkey's name is steve February 12, 2020 Reply Oliver Burton Having only watched the intro i'm guessing pinochio February 12, 2020 Reply PK Pyro why mattpat just why February 12, 2020 Reply Ella Shelton-Frates Kay- "Every Kiss begins with…"Police- CONSENT February 12, 2020 Reply Ericamerica Americo How about they ran out of characters. There’s been octopus crocodiles sharks… even sponges among many others bizarre creatures. So in order to create a new franchise and own it… they use a donkey. It’s just old boring business. February 12, 2020 Reply Sworddancer94 I wonder then, how come Donkey got turned into a Horse when he drank that potion in the second movie rather than turn back into a human? Maybe what happened on the island changed their DNA for good and only allowing him to transform into other animals than being a human again? I am unsure but that's something interesting to think about. February 14, 2020 Reply Winx Winka Thanks. After giving Donkey demonic red eyes, I fear donkeys. February 14, 2020 Reply Alisa Aktar Pfft Pleasure island more like TORTURE ISLAND😰 February 14, 2020 Reply Jason Samuels The Coachman is easily the most disturbing and underrated villain in the Disney canon. There's a lot of stuff we don't know about him. How did he get this power and what are the exact rules behind it? How long has he been doing this? Is he even human? How do you go about stopping him? Something MattPat doesn't mention is that after Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket escape they never mention the Coachman again and the fact that he's still out there is never addressed in the "happy" ending. It's possible that those who escape Pleasure Island have no memory of him, which would partially explain why he doesn't seem particularly worried about getting caught. Blaming Donkey for the Coachman's activities seems a bit of a stretch. How much does Donkey know about the Coachman? Does he remember him? Maybe he used to tell people and they didn't believe him. What can he do to stop him? It seems like a lot of pressure considering Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket don't do anything to stop him in the movie. Incidentally in the Disney video game adaptation from the 90s, Pinocchio knocks him off a cliff. February 14, 2020 Reply Christine Brown The Pinocchio theory was the first thing that popped my mind February 15, 2020 Reply Sam Lee Great theory, even if it is just rehashing a deleted reddit post. If I may assume the role of the proverbial online pedantic critic, Donkey isn't the bad guy; or at the very least, should not be blamed for being silent. Under the premises laid out by this video, Donkey was kidnapped and turned into a… well donkey forcibly. The emphasis is on the fact that he was a boy, probably not even in his mid-adolescence. Since Donkey was able to retain his capacity for speech during the events of the Shrek films, while on Pleasure Island, he would have most likely undergone forced labor and been abused physically, and, in particular, mentally. So now we have grounds where Donkey has some mental trauma, and he has a history of being bullied prior to going to Pleasure Island (e.g., wedgies and swirlies), but remember that he was a boy before transforming. Sure, if an adult got turned into a donkey and witnessed firsthand the cruelty and inhumanity that takes place on Pleasure Island, but didn't tell anyone, then I'd be more convinced to criticize them for being silent. HOWEVER, a child, who was a bit of a delinquent but a child nonetheless, who had his freedom and humanity robbed of him, experienced unimaginable trauma, and grew up into his adulthood being treated like trash (e.g., the old lady who sold him off in the first Shrek film) without any form of psychotherapy? Then of COURSE I could understand why Donkey would have kept his silence. But you know, that's just my theory, A COMMENT THEORY. Thanks for reading 🙂 February 15, 2020 Reply Pkmn_guy I always forget how dark Pinocchio was February 15, 2020 Reply TAVJ - I do stuff It actually makes sense because Shrek 4 donkey is used as a slave for the witches February 15, 2020 Reply Nitara Pavick 11:42 OKAY. i know ur trying to be creepy but is that REALLY NECESARY??! February 15, 2020 Reply Ava lov What if Donkey IS Alexandria?GASP that's why he doesn't want to save the boys? Because he is still traumatized. February 16, 2020 Reply Samantha Wheeler Matpat says that donkey is one of children turned into donkeys from Pinocchio but i already knew this without watching this video February 16, 2020 Reply spike blake i always assumed it was a midsummer night's dream reference February 16, 2020 Reply spike blake there was a talking donkey in the shrek book, so that might explain it, but still, nice theory February 16, 2020 Reply Hat Cellucard 4:41 Friend, Shrek The Third isn’t canon February 16, 2020 Reply Hat Cellucard 1) Donkey doesn’t want to address his past because of trauma. Like he said: “Some things are better left unsaid.” He wants to move on, not sabotage people.2) Pinocchio’s story in Shrek may not be the same as the Disney story: His maker tried to turn him in as a living puppet instead of keeping him and treating him as a person. Pleasure Island may not even exist in Shrek. That is all. Have a good day February 16, 2020 Reply Naomi Pickens I was watching Shrek when this came on February 17, 2020 Reply grace Gold Or maybe he doesnt really remember much about pleasure island February 17, 2020 Reply A Man of Culture My headcanon is that he is the donkey from "Bremer Stadtmusikanten".It is also a old fairy tail and it would fit to him very well February 17, 2020 Reply Babble Booble EOREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAA February 18, 2020 Reply HeyImGrace:3 always relevant ! February 18, 2020 Reply Everything Is Love I’m a little scared…. February 18, 2020 Reply Neon Wolf He’s not a jerk or. Depressed February 19, 2020 Reply Average Turtle Nice seeing Schaffrillas get some love been a fan of his stuff for a while. February 19, 2020 Reply Elijah ross maggots are delicious February 19, 2020 Reply TBONE Backen A have a theory,what if Eeyore was a boy that was sent to Paradise island and that's one of the reasons that so drepresed. February 19, 2020 Reply Tyler McDaniel 11:00 ok so videos over, everything is fine checks timestamp and hears mat pat say"how could he not" never mind then. This must be the part where i lose my childhood. February 21, 2020 Reply CONSUELO MAGO 👶➕➖🦓 February 21, 2020 Reply SuperDud3ed No he's Balem's donkey from the Bible. February 21, 2020 Reply Sky Gacha Dᴏ NOT ᴘʀᴇss ʀᴇᴀᴅ ᴍᴏʀᴇ ɪғ ᴜ ʜᴀᴠᴇɴᴛ sᴇᴇɴ ᴛʜᴇ sʜʀᴇᴋ ᴍᴏᴠɪᴇ!!! sʜʀᴇᴋ ғᴀʟʟs ɪɴʟᴏᴠᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜ ғɪᴏɴᴀ, "ᴅᴏɴᴋᴇʏ" ғᴀʟʟs ɪɴ ʟᴏᴠᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴀ ᴅʀᴀɢᴏɴ ᴀɴᴅ ʟᴏʀᴅ ғᴀʀǫᴜᴀᴅ ɪs ᴀɴ ᴇᴠɪʟ ᴋɪɴɢ ᴡʜᴏ ʟɪᴋᴇs ᴘʀɪɴᴄᴇss ғɪᴏɴᴀ ʙᴜᴛ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ᴡᴇᴅᴅɪɴɢ sʜʀᴇᴋ sᴀᴠᴇs ʜᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ sʜᴇ ᴛᴜʀɴs ɪɴᴛᴏ ᴀɴ ᴏɢʀᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇʏ ʟɪᴠᴇ ʜᴀᴘᴘɪʟʏ ᴇᴠᴇʀ ᴀғᴛᴇʀ! ᴛᴏʟᴅ ᴜ ɴᴏᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴘʀᴇss ʀᴇᴀᴅ ᴍᴏʀᴇ 😉 February 21, 2020 Reply Angel Cinema You should definitely do a theory about i lost my body February 21, 2020 Reply SOVA 123 Maybe donkey doesnt want to tell the truth about pleasure island because the guys would get him for ruining their plans Idk February 22, 2020 Reply Terezi Pyrope This could easily be a case of PTSD or even a repressed memory. Maybe donkey is just so traumatized by the events he can't talk about them. It would explain alot about him. February 22, 2020 Reply TruthSetAblaze I think that one child from pleasure island was smart enough to pretend to not speak English and escaped. February 22, 2020 Reply eahlover122514 So wouldn't Pinocchio know him from that time and how come Donkey did not become human along with shrek and Fiona? February 22, 2020 Reply Keyotea Mendelbar I have a thought, in the DragonHeart movie series the dragons are magic organ donors. Sometimes when the person has received the organ, it passes on some dragon's traits like IRL. Unlike the movie, there is a chance of organ rejection in which the body would say "Destroy the dragonheart." and you would say, "Leave the dragonheart alone, I need it to survive." but, your body won't listen to you unless it's drugged up. February 22, 2020 Reply AnonymousGuy Matpat: Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Donkey, The Former Human?Everyone: No…?Matpat: I thought not. It's not a story Dreamworks would tell you. February 22, 2020 Reply J Pasto 10:03 Did anyone else notice that when he paused it, Donkey was looking down at the othe donkeys? Not really important, but I noticed it so… February 23, 2020 Reply EthelredFlametail Donkey escaping or pretending that he could not speak either way.Donkey may just be too Terrified to say what is going on.It was a very tragic event for him and the other kids bulling him for him having accidents maybe a final coffing in the grave.I am guessing the only other character that knows about Donkeys horrible backstory is Dragon. As for Pinocchio a lot of things may have happened off Camra before Pinocchio went to pleasure island.Maybe He ran away from Jimminy Cricket.In the Halloween short of shrek where they spend time in the old castle of Lord Farquard, one of the stories that was told the Babysitter.WhereShrekWasPinocchio's babysitter.At the end spoilers.A Cricket comes out and tells him that he was his conscience.Before Pinocchio squished him.WhenShrek says at the end of the story "let's ask your conscience" and pulls out a Cricket. Pinocchio runs for the hills maybe because he is trying to run away from Jimminy. February 23, 2020 Reply Eden Campbell 0:41When you accidentally leave YouTube playing while you sleep then wake up and see this February 24, 2020 Reply Eden Campbell Huge, green, stank, man-resembling being with an attitude? YES! Donkey-dragon hybrid(Dronkey) babys with wings not possibly strong enough to fly? SURE! Emotionally and physically stunted man child kidnapping loved fairy tail characters and selling them into war slavery? ABSOLUTLEY Vocal donkey? Doesn't that sound a little extreme?😬 February 24, 2020 Reply Camille Ahmt what if donkey has told someone but they dont belive him becouse he is just a donkey ore what if its becouse the fairy tale donation thing was going on and if other boys got of the island then they would just get donated February 24, 2020 Reply Baka Kartoschka Am i the only one who taught from the start about the gold pooping donkey .-. February 24, 2020 Reply It's The Undisputed Sag Boo Quite Depressing But Nicely Done 👌🏾 February 24, 2020 Reply Alan Alves MY GOSH!!!!! Poor boys! February 25, 2020 Reply Hayli Hill His real name is Alexander February 26, 2020 Reply ヅ FeWzZY Another amazing question i never asked answered by matpat Thanks again February 26, 2020 Reply Alles- Factor What if je Just rood pinocio and pinocio saved alle the boys February 26, 2020 Reply Ziron Small In shrek 2 when him and shrek are at the river he mentions being around kids getting drunk and trying to pin a tail on him at a party (a form of bullying) and the kids on pleasure island are partying all day and get drunk February 26, 2020 Reply Shimmy Shams Take it easy on Donkey, bro.It's easier said than done to be the one to stand against the abuse of child-labor… Clearly… cough cough February 26, 2020 Reply don rob777 Donkey also said “I can’t feel my toes, I don’t have toes” an actual donkey would have never thought that February 26, 2020 Reply Azelios Rosemile Dark, but I like it February 27, 2020 Reply AltheA SaturN why would you use Arthur and not Prince Charming in the beginning? Arthur is an innocent loveable nerd, don't do that to him- February 27, 2020 Reply Hailey Rivera The beginning was so funny☺ and if u (matpat) don't comment and like I assume u cemented sourerside 🔪😵 February 28, 2020 Reply Rich Ledbetter just watching this but wasnt there a talking donkey in the bible too February 28, 2020 Reply Liam Pittman There was also a talking donkey in the Bible February 28, 2020 Reply toy bonnie Mamby donkey already told someone about it February 28, 2020 Reply SmileyBones OMG MATPAT! I started watching schaffrillas a week ago, and now here you are, shouting him out! I love him, he's great! February 29, 2020 Reply AltheA SaturN I think it’s safe to say that Pinocchio never goes to Pleasure Island in the Shrek universe- He’s been hanging out with Shrek this whole time, and Geppetto GAVE HIM AWAY. So the storyline is kinda jumbled, and Pinocchio never becomes a real boy. That isn’t to say that Pleasure Island doesn’t exist though, it’s just Pinocchio never gets sent there for skipping school. So Donkey never really has anyone to talk safely about his past with. Because nobody else knows. February 29, 2020 Reply Emmett Boutros I get it! because he's a donkey. AKA…………..the word you said. February 29, 2020 Reply Felix Alcantara Also in Shrek 3 when puse and donkey swap bodies donkey is concerned he not wearing cloths February 29, 2020 Reply chandler turner You have violated the law page number 4 never question donkey February 29, 2020 Reply Zach Prior I think it’s just a reference to the book… February 29, 2020 Reply CosmicLlama 7 I love it 1:29 Kermit isn’t on Sesame Street March 1, 2020 Reply LXW arts Shrek would of been hella dark if they visit that island March 1, 2020 Reply mat suni I think Donkey is from the Bible? March 1, 2020 Reply LXW arts Some of the donkey boys were wearing pants. Some of boys probably just didn't listen to their parents and werent bullies but misguided kids. March 1, 2020 Reply Cassy Garcia I would also like to point out that when Donkey and Puss switch bodies, Donkey tells Puss that "you will be able to control-" and snickers. It shows similarly to what happened to that kid in Pinocchio. March 1, 2020 Reply Lyric Mailloux Him: Pinocchio Me: a sheep dip, he’s right isn’t he March 1, 2020 Reply Lou J A March 1, 2020 Reply Alyce Nelson I have always thought of donkey being from the Pinocchio story, so I came here, and was glad to see that there is some logic behind that. March 1, 2020 Reply Glow_Wolf _UwU MatPat:never heard of a talking donkey Me:What about Zel the gentle donkey huh matpat March 1, 2020 Reply Dezmond Donnelly how come he didnt switch back to a person in the second movie. He shouldn't have been a horse then he should have been a human March 2, 2020 Reply Nee-Nee Nobody questioned Donkey because he's the animal companion like all other princess moviesI mean Shrek isn't exactly a original either March 2, 2020 Reply Aaron Raynor Imagine they actually explored this and have the guys from pleasure island be the villains in a new Shrek movie March 2, 2020 Reply Amanda Croft Doing a lot of victim blaming there MatPat March 2, 2020 Reply Kassidy Tucker Isint there a princess called donkey something March 3, 2020 Reply Kassidy Tucker How did donkey get out??? March 3, 2020 Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.