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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  • Commander1SUV
    Commander1SUV 49 minutes ago +1

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

  • Emma
    Emma Hour 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 hours ago

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

  • w.m.d_ _
    w.m.d_ _ 8 hours ago +1

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

  • Yoji
    Yoji 14 hours ago +1

    *So donkey is a donkey*

  • Evcorp Vlogs
    Evcorp Vlogs 17 hours 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 19 hours ago

    But royals have immunity to jail so opening make no sense

  • Fredarok
    Fredarok 19 hours ago

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

  • EnderTeimant
    EnderTeimant Day ago


  • SamwiseThePippin

    I was with you until you started victim blaming Matpat.

  • Kametoro
    Kametoro Day ago +1

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

  • Issha Sucks
    Issha Sucks Day ago

    Alternative title: the origin of Shrek's ass

  • Amanda Blyth
    Amanda Blyth Day ago

    Called iy

  • Shannon Tracy
    Shannon Tracy Day 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 2 days ago

    It’s so cool that you shouted out Schafrillas!

    JACPAT FAMILY 2 days ago

    I agree makes sense

  • ThatTomshow
    ThatTomshow 2 days ago

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

  • Weido
    Weido 2 days ago

    Yay! You know Schaffrillas Productions!

  • jamie smith
    jamie smith 2 days ago

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

  • Zimmions
    Zimmions 2 days ago

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

  • Wild Angel0317
    Wild Angel0317 2 days ago

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

  • Hdub2020
    Hdub2020 2 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 2 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 3 days ago

    Times were different back then 😂

  • André Ramos
    André Ramos 3 days ago

    maybe shreks is donkeys faiy tail

  • Giannis Mor
    Giannis Mor 3 days ago

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

    • Giannis Mor
      Giannis Mor 3 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 3 days ago

    Except wouldn't Donkey have a human name?

  • Emily Olsen
    Emily Olsen 3 days ago +1


  • Professor Paradox
    Professor Paradox 3 days ago

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

  • 34autigers
    34autigers 3 days ago

    RIP little boys

  • 34autigers
    34autigers 3 days ago

    Sad donkey

  • Jose Candelario
    Jose Candelario 3 days ago

    You didn't came up with this theory, I heard this theory long before this video came out

  • Sam uy
    Sam uy 3 days ago

    *Plot of shrek 5*

  • Irene Von Borstel
    Irene Von Borstel 3 days ago

    Pinocchio was literally so traumatizing when i was younger

  • FuckinGoogleIDont want to use my real name

    Huh. I remember thinking Donkey was the character from the old testament bible story where a donkey talks. I mean, religion is just fairytales that people take too seriously, after all.

    I'm sure this comment won't be controversial. I'll just go ahead and thank you all ahead of time for the kind words.

  • The Team Show
    The Team Show 4 days ago

    Well someone didn't like the theory. Had a 4.7 earthquake at the last three minutes, I know this because I paused to get some cake and the earthquake happened on my way back to finish watching the video.

  • ThoseLiveGuys
    ThoseLiveGuys 4 days ago

    You just spoiled Shrek 5

  • Christopher Gibbons
    Christopher Gibbons 4 days ago

    Or he could be the donkey from asop's fables, or Larned's fairy tales, or greek mythology, or German, or French, Russian... Pick literally any collection of fairy tales, seriously any of them.

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  • Lily Rogers
    Lily Rogers 4 days ago +1

    Also I think when they are trying to get donkey to talk in Shrek 1 is a reference to pleasure island.

  • Jorge Gutierrez
    Jorge Gutierrez 5 days ago


  • James Troll
    James Troll 5 days ago +3

    He protecc
    He attacc
    But most importantly
    He has a dragon to fucc

  • Mild Menace
    Mild Menace 5 days ago +1

    I always figured Donkey was based on Balaam's donkey in Numbers 22 in the Bible and the writers/directers/etc. wrote it in as a slight that the Bible is a "fairy tale". My problems with this are the donkey in Numbers is a female, there aren't any other Biblical characters (such as giants or etc) I can recall that are included in the Shrek franchise, and y'all have substantially more evidence to support your theory while I have conducted no research and merely made an assumption. However, my answers to this are: the cast was most likely already selected and the movie was written as a buddy comedy (thus Eddie Murphy as a casting made more sense than a female companion), the executives probably didn't want to obviously or directly offend anyone coming to see their movie, and I'll just have to do some research to clearly falsify my assumption. But hey, that's just a theory, a film theory.

  • Linnea Mast
    Linnea Mast 5 days ago

    The bremen town musician donkey talked. Only with other animals, but then there basically only was animals to talk to

  • Phillip Page
    Phillip Page 5 days ago

    We made a cult and I am father shrek tier

  • WinterSplinterM.II
    WinterSplinterM.II 5 days ago +1

    The lady who sold him could also have been his slaver

    CMTXRATED 5 days ago +10

    Director watches this film: “very interesting..”

  • Isaiah Gordon
    Isaiah Gordon 5 days ago

    But the island people are evil so maybe the kids aren't all bad which could mean donkey is an orphan who sticks to his survival instincts like not talking to the knight, not speaking of the island, and doing whatever it takes not to be captured again. And the fact that he puts himself in harms way for shrek after all his trauma shows he has grown as a person.

  • Vanessa Pavia
    Vanessa Pavia 5 days ago

    why is this one more scarier than the scary movies theories XD seriously its 1:20am nd im spooked

  • I have an uncle too
    I have an uncle too 5 days ago

    Shut the fuck up Matpat, you’re irrelevant

  • Manuel Camelo
    Manuel Camelo 5 days ago +1

    MATT you douche !
    You just forgot to mention that at the very beginning of SHREK 1, Donkey does everything in his power to NOT TALK at all with the Guards.
    The old lady is trying to sell him probably because Donkey told her WTF was going on in Pleasure Island.
    This Might be the main reason of why Donkey later doesn't speak about the thing with no one. Even the Trustful Shrek.

  • Manuel Camelo
    Manuel Camelo 5 days ago +1


  • Invader Sploot
    Invader Sploot 5 days ago

    Do an Invader Zim theory!

  • Logan Douglas
    Logan Douglas 5 days ago

    If that means blood is on donkeys hands, that means blood is on everyone's hands for being a consumer we have the power to stop the atrocities in 3rd world countries buy not buying the products that they send to us.

  • NintendoKid139
    NintendoKid139 5 days ago

    What happened to Donkey's clothes? Hmm?

  • Roylana Brewton
    Roylana Brewton 5 days ago

    Well that got dark 😭😭

  • Gr8est Funnygum
    Gr8est Funnygum 6 days ago +15

    “Where does Donkey come from?”
    I don’t know, maybe the original Shrek book?

  • Dee Gloss
    Dee Gloss 6 days ago

    My guess is that hes one of the children from Pinocchio

  • Amelia Gaska
    Amelia Gaska 6 days ago +10

    Matpat: There is NO other fairytail or nursery ryme with a talking donkey.
    Me: But.......what about Winnie the Po- **gets shot**