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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  • 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 7 hours ago

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

  • Kristina Cyr
    Kristina Cyr 12 hours ago

    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 12 hours ago

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

  • Nostalgic Dave
    Nostalgic Dave 13 hours ago

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

  • Oo Of
    Oo Of 13 hours ago

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

  • Joshua Ky
    Joshua Ky 14 hours ago

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

  • Trendyfox00 ART
    Trendyfox00 ART 15 hours ago

    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 17 hours ago

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

  • Jillian Abbood
    Jillian Abbood 17 hours ago

    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 17 hours ago

    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 18 hours ago

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

  • El Berno
    El Berno 21 hour ago

    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 Day ago

    Hi Sesame Street that from the Muppets

  • GizmoQueen
    GizmoQueen Day ago +1

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

  • Laura Martinez
    Laura Martinez Day ago

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

  • OutLogs
    OutLogs Day ago +1

    *Schaffrillas! You recognized him!*

  • Alan Brabender
    Alan Brabender Day ago +1


  • Didi Dogster
    Didi Dogster Day ago

    and here we see mattpat slowly running out of ideas.

  • popop41111s1 godspee

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

  • Arthur Duffey
    Arthur Duffey Day ago

    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

    We are da loyal peeps to Mat UwU

  • true fandom
    true fandom Day ago

    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 Day ago

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

  • Frances O'Connor

    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 Day ago

    you sied ass

  • Galaxy Aguilar
    Galaxy Aguilar Day ago

    Yes he is a ***

  • Commander1SUV
    Commander1SUV Day ago +1

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

  • Emma
    Emma Day 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 Day ago +2

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

  • w.m.d_ _
    w.m.d_ _ 2 days ago +1

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

  • Yoji
    Yoji 2 days ago +1

    *So donkey is a donkey*

  • Evcorp Vlogs
    Evcorp Vlogs 2 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 2 days ago +1

    But royals have immunity to jail so opening make no sense

  • Fredarok
    Fredarok 2 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 2 days ago


  • SamwiseThePippin
    SamwiseThePippin 2 days ago

    I was with you until you started victim blaming Matpat.

  • Kametoro
    Kametoro 3 days ago +4

    Wait i thought donkey is from the fairy tail Town Musicians of Bremen

  • Issha Sucks
    Issha Sucks 3 days ago

    Alternative title: the origin of Shrek's ass

  • Amanda Blyth
    Amanda Blyth 3 days ago

    Called iy

  • Shannon Tracy
    Shannon Tracy 3 days ago +1

    Oh my god guys my brain is big what if you know the boys in pinnocio who were turned into donkeys what if one of them escaped DONKEY OMG I deserve the Nobel piece........
    Edit:I just finished the video 🤦🏽‍♀️ nvm

  • Zee
    Zee 3 days ago

    It’s so cool that you shouted out Schafrillas!

    JACPAT FAMILY 3 days ago

    I agree makes sense

  • ThatTomshow
    ThatTomshow 3 days ago

    dude lol very funny video, liked and favourited. Never show this to me again

  • Weido
    Weido 4 days ago

    Yay! You know Schaffrillas Productions!

  • jamie smith
    jamie smith 4 days ago

    when i saw the title i thought about ponokio how children turned into donekeys or something

  • Zimmions
    Zimmions 4 days ago

    Shakespeare. Mid-Summer Nights dream has a talking donkey who was originally a human.

  • Wild Angel0317
    Wild Angel0317 4 days ago

    Y’all I’m not great at the game murder but I think the prince did it

  • Hdub2020
    Hdub2020 4 days ago

    Pretty harsh victim shaming, blaming Donkey for pleasure island because he doesn't want to relive that trauma by telling anyone.

  • Liz Hawk
    Liz Hawk 4 days ago

    This theory doesn't work since the Pinocchio movie you analized is the Disney adaptation and Shrek is a Dreamworks movie

  • Franco Petre
    Franco Petre 4 days ago

    Times were different back then 😂

  • André Ramos
    André Ramos 4 days ago

    maybe shreks is donkeys faiy tail

  • Giannis Mor
    Giannis Mor 5 days ago

    Finally, I've been waiting years for this..

    • Giannis Mor
      Giannis Mor 5 days ago

      Maybe donkey knows that if he talks too soon, the owners of pleasure island will just torch the island to ashes and move on to one off their other islands to continue their business with no evidence of them being involved in the fire. And now the donkey is made to look like the villain bc he proposed something that crazy in a world so full of magic...

  • toroc
    toroc 5 days ago

    Except wouldn't Donkey have a human name?

  • Emily Olsen
    Emily Olsen 5 days ago +1


  • Professor Paradox
    Professor Paradox 5 days ago +1

    His teeth kind of look like the bully's who was with Pinocchio too.

  • 34autigers
    34autigers 5 days ago

    RIP little boys

  • 34autigers
    34autigers 5 days ago

    Sad donkey