Top 50 Shrek Movie Details

While searching the internet for Shrek movie facts, I found some interesting little known details. Obscure enough that most people could miss it, I want to make you a favor by creating ordered lists with the most intriguing hidden details.

Most of them are not blatantly obvious to be observed at first sight, so take your time and read carefully. We have extensive definitions that accurately explain any behind the scene meaning or famous dialogues.

After Shrek turns human, the women who fetched him a pail of water is named Jill as a reference to the nursery rhyme of 'Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water'
After Shrek turns human, the women who fetched him a pail of water is named Jill as a reference to the nursery rhyme of 'Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water'

The Kings room is decorated with swamp like colors. His backboard on the bed resembles a frog. And has a rug with him at a lily pond. Later in the movie is revealed he once was a frog.

Trivia

I have collected all the famous movie trivia questions with answers from Reddit and other sources. They can be very useful in quizzes or games, or simply to learn more information. Most of the fun Shrek details are suitable for kids.

  1. During the performance of "I Need a Hero," the Fairy Godmother asks the pianist to "put it in C minor." The actual song is then played in G minor. However, in classical music, C minor is often used to represent "the heroic struggle."

  2. Snow White's singing voice is the same as the one used in the original Disney Snow Hite and Seven Dwarfs (1937)

  3. The song that the trumpeter Reggie is playing on his own is the theme to Hawaii Five-O

Easter Eggs

Finding Easter Eggs in movies is one of my favorite hobbies. Hidden objects, characters, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • Got a PG rating in the US, for this 'drug reference'.

  • 1 - When the Fairy Godmother meets King Harold (Voiced by John Cleese) he mentions he has a bit of pain in his leg from 'The Old Crusade' This is a reference to Cleese's character Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers who would usually feign a leg injury from 'the Korean War' when lying
    When the Fairy Godmother meets King Harold (Voiced by John Cleese) he mentions he has a bit of pain in his leg from 'The Old Crusade' This is a reference to Cleese's character Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers who would usually feign a leg injury from 'the Korean War' when lying
  • 1 - Fiona has a mock Led Zeppelin poster
    Fiona has a mock Led Zeppelin poster
  • 1 - Puss in Boots and Shrek recreate a famous chest burst scene.
    Puss in Boots and Shrek recreate a famous chest burst scene.
  • 1 - In the fairy godmother's factory there is a bottle markred viagra on the conveyor belt.
    In the fairy godmother's factory there is a bottle markred viagra on the conveyor belt.
  • 1 - The fairy godmother in Shrek (2001) is from Massenet's opera Cendrillon. That is why she's such a proud singer (we even hear her badly practicing her big excerpt.) It also explains her outfit, and why she's so much more devious than her fairy tale counterpart.
    The fairy godmother in Shrek (2001) is from Massenet's opera Cendrillon. That is why she's such a proud singer (we even hear her badly practicing her big excerpt.) It also explains her outfit, and why she's so much more devious than her fairy tale counterpart.
  • 1 - The dragon has a cookbook that includes "choice cuts" and the diagram of a knight chopped up.
    The dragon has a cookbook that includes "choice cuts" and the diagram of a knight chopped up.
  • 1 - Artie randomly points at Rumpelstiltskin, the villain of the next movie, when speaking "The only person standing in your way... is you".
    Artie randomly points at Rumpelstiltskin, the villain of the next movie, when speaking "The only person standing in your way... is you".
  • 1 - Has a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). Eric Idle, who played Merlin in Shrek, even considered suing the producers for " unauthorized use" of the joke.
    Has a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). Eric Idle, who played Merlin in Shrek, even considered suing the producers for " unauthorized use" of the joke.

Hidden Details

1 - When Shrek disturbs fairy godmother, she uses 'in Grimm's name' instead of 'in god's name', this is because god is believed to have created the universe of people, while the brothers grimm created the universe of fairytales
When Shrek disturbs fairy godmother, she uses 'in Grimm's name' instead of 'in god's name', this is because god is believed to have created the universe of people, while the brothers grimm created the universe of fairytales
1 - Pied Piper's flute is played by Jeremy Steig, son of William Steig, who wrote the original Shrek book.
Pied Piper's flute is played by Jeremy Steig, son of William Steig, who wrote the original Shrek book.
1 - Shrek gets pepper ground in his face. He is being "Pepper Sprayed".
Shrek gets pepper ground in his face. He is being "Pepper Sprayed".
1 - The secret door Fiona uses makes her fathers statue kiss a horses ass
The secret door Fiona uses makes her fathers statue kiss a horses ass
1 - Fiona is seen as an ogre eavesdropping on Shrek and Donkey.
Fiona is seen as an ogre eavesdropping on Shrek and Donkey.
1 - Fiona has a poster of Justin Timberlake in her room
Fiona has a poster of Justin Timberlake in her room
1 - Is rescuing Princess Fiona from the dragon's castle, the dragon's cookbook can be seen in one of the scenes
Is rescuing Princess Fiona from the dragon's castle, the dragon's cookbook can be seen in one of the scenes
1 - There are two photos hanging on the wall signifying the before and after transformation of the witch...a sign that the Fairy Godmother not only makes heroes but also villains a happily ever after(by turning the witch much more cruel).
There are two photos hanging on the wall signifying the before and after transformation of the witch...a sign that the Fairy Godmother not only makes heroes but also villains a happily ever after(by turning the witch much more cruel).
1 - When the King goes to the Poison Apple bar, a female frog asks him "Do I know you?". This is because she recalls his face from back when he was a frog too.
When the King goes to the Poison Apple bar, a female frog asks him "Do I know you?". This is because she recalls his face from back when he was a frog too.

The third the band starts playing all star by Smash mouth when Shrek enters the high school gym.

1 - It is foreshadowed that King Harold is a frog in a bit of dialogue between him and Queen Lillian. She says, "Don't you remember when we were in love? We used to walk down by the lily pond...and they were in bloom.." "Our first kiss". Their first kiss, at the lily pond, made him human.
It is foreshadowed that King Harold is a frog in a bit of dialogue between him and Queen Lillian. She says, "Don't you remember when we were in love? We used to walk down by the lily pond...and they were in bloom.." "Our first kiss". Their first kiss, at the lily pond, made him human.
1 - A female frog asks the King if she knows him. This is some brilliant foreshadowing for when the King gets turned back into the frog. He knew this frog when he, too, was in frog form. In his earlier life, they must have had frog sex.
A female frog asks the King if she knows him. This is some brilliant foreshadowing for when the King gets turned back into the frog. He knew this frog when he, too, was in frog form. In his earlier life, they must have had frog sex.
1 - The magazine the Big Bad Wolf is reading is called Pork Illustrated
The magazine the Big Bad Wolf is reading is called Pork Illustrated
1 - Shrek defeats the Knights in tournament, turns to the crowd and says "Try the veal." This line is part of the line spoken by Sollozo to Captain McClusky when met witg Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972). Both lines come before a major character undergoes a life-changing moment.
Shrek defeats the Knights in tournament, turns to the crowd and says "Try the veal." This line is part of the line spoken by Sollozo to Captain McClusky when met witg Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972). Both lines come before a major character undergoes a life-changing moment.
1 - Fiona has a poster of Justin Timberlake in her bedroom. Cameron Diaz, who voices Fiona, was dating Timberlake at the time.
Fiona has a poster of Justin Timberlake in her bedroom. Cameron Diaz, who voices Fiona, was dating Timberlake at the time.
1 - The portraits in Fiona's bedroom foreshadow the reveal about her father at the end.
The portraits in Fiona's bedroom foreshadow the reveal about her father at the end.
1 - After Princess Fiona hands Shrek the spider web/flies cotton candy, she licks her fingers. This is a subtle hint that she's an ogre, as well.
After Princess Fiona hands Shrek the spider web/flies cotton candy, she licks her fingers. This is a subtle hint that she's an ogre, as well.
1 - Lord Farquaad's vanity knows no bounds. He has in his chamber's Botticelli's the Birth of Venus, with himself as Venus.
Lord Farquaad's vanity knows no bounds. He has in his chamber's Botticelli's the Birth of Venus, with himself as Venus.
1 - While staying in Fiona's childhood room, Shrek finds a princess toy that says the same phrase Fiona says after getting rescued in Shrek 1
While staying in Fiona's childhood room, Shrek finds a princess toy that says the same phrase Fiona says after getting rescued in Shrek 1
1 - The love potion Fairy Godmother gives to the King has the roman numeral "9" on it, a nod to the song "Love Potion Number 9".
The love potion Fairy Godmother gives to the King has the roman numeral "9" on it, a nod to the song "Love Potion Number 9".
1 - The Third I've never noticed the beautiful paint behind Shrek and Fiona in this scene
The Third I've never noticed the beautiful paint behind Shrek and Fiona in this scene
1 - When the king goes to the Poisoned Apple, a female frog asks him if she knows him to which he replies that she "must be mistaking him for someone else" while looking distressed. This is a hint about the king's secret as that frog probably knew him before his transformation.
When the king goes to the Poisoned Apple, a female frog asks him if she knows him to which he replies that she "must be mistaking him for someone else" while looking distressed. This is a hint about the king's secret as that frog probably knew him before his transformation.
1 - In "Shrek The Third" Shrek attempts to throw up a gang sign for about 14 frames to seem hip while talking to Arthur
In "Shrek The Third" Shrek attempts to throw up a gang sign for about 14 frames to seem hip while talking to Arthur
1 - Movie mistake: In Shrek (2001) Lord Farquaad is given three princess bachelorette options that would help further his goal to be king. However, the first bachelorette, Cinderella, is not a princess and so would not have furthered that goal.
Movie mistake: In Shrek (2001) Lord Farquaad is given three princess bachelorette options that would help further his goal to be king. However, the first bachelorette, Cinderella, is not a princess and so would not have furthered that goal.
1 - The "police dispatcher" in the KNIGHTS gag report that they're tracking a fleeing White Bronco, a reference to the 1994 OJ Simpson chase on I5.
The "police dispatcher" in the KNIGHTS gag report that they're tracking a fleeing White Bronco, a reference to the 1994 OJ Simpson chase on I5.
1 - After watching Shrek get arrested, the 3 little pigs cover their eyes, ears, and mouth, just like the 3 "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" monkeys pictorial maxim.
After watching Shrek get arrested, the 3 little pigs cover their eyes, ears, and mouth, just like the 3 "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" monkeys pictorial maxim.

Chris Farley was originally cast as Shrek and recorded almost all of the dialogue before his death, the role was then given to Mike Myers

1 - When Lord Farquaad uses the mirror on the wall to look at pictures of Princess Fiona, you can see his blanket move upwards accompanied by a look of surprise on his face. An indication of his 'excitement' for his potential future wife.
When Lord Farquaad uses the mirror on the wall to look at pictures of Princess Fiona, you can see his blanket move upwards accompanied by a look of surprise on his face. An indication of his 'excitement' for his potential future wife.
1 - The knight that gives Donkey a mean stare when Fiona and Farquaad meet is the same knight that tried to capture him in the beginning of the film.
The knight that gives Donkey a mean stare when Fiona and Farquaad meet is the same knight that tried to capture him in the beginning of the film.
1 - Lord Maximus Farquaad uses the lower case F ("small" F) as his flag. This is a reflection of his small stature.
Lord Maximus Farquaad uses the lower case F ("small" F) as his flag. This is a reflection of his small stature.

When Shrek and the gang enter the high school gym searching for Arthur, school band in the back plays a rendition of All Star by Smash Mouth

1 - : The reason that Puss and Donkey swap bodies is because they were the only members of the group holding hands before the teleportation
: The reason that Puss and Donkey swap bodies is because they were the only members of the group holding hands before the teleportation
1 - King Harold (a.k.a the Frog King) goes to a bar to meet with someone who would deal with Shrek. Whilst there, a female frog says to him "do I know you?" Giving a subtle hint to the kings past as the frog who turned into a prince after a kiss.
King Harold (a.k.a the Frog King) goes to a bar to meet with someone who would deal with Shrek. Whilst there, a female frog says to him "do I know you?" Giving a subtle hint to the kings past as the frog who turned into a prince after a kiss.
1 - It's been posted about before, but I can almost read a recipe in Shrek (2001) for "Knightly Treats." Ingredients in comments
It's been posted about before, but I can almost read a recipe in Shrek (2001) for "Knightly Treats." Ingredients in comments
1 - The song that Fairy Godmother sings "I Need a Hero", is the Turkish song written by a famous singer that came out 1 year after the original one and was inspired by it, and the rhythm in the movie matches perfectly.
The song that Fairy Godmother sings "I Need a Hero", is the Turkish song written by a famous singer that came out 1 year after the original one and was inspired by it, and the rhythm in the movie matches perfectly.
Shrek poster
Shrek poster

Shrek Plot: A mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back.

I am pretty sure that you've watched Shrek, maybe in a theater near you or on the small screen, but probably not many of the small details have taken your attention. Most of the previous facts are hidden for some reason, but still, there is plenty of randomly forgetten stuff that makes the movie unique and interesting. The more you know, the more fascinated you'll be about Shrek and will watch it online, download or stream it again and again.

Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Director Andrew Adamson
Main Actors Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow
IMDB score 7.8