Film Theory: Shrek's Donkey was SECRETLY a Human! (Shrek Movie)

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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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Kristina Cyr
Kristina Cyr 4 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 4 hours ago
I love this theory but most of the evidence is from shrek 3............... THE WORST ONE
Nostalgic Dave
Nostalgic Dave 5 hours ago
When you made this theory, did you consider the book the movie was based off of? Just curious
Oo Of
Oo Of 5 hours ago
did any body notice he said sesame street and put kermet the frog from the muppets
Joshua Ky
Joshua Ky 6 hours ago
Can we just appreciate how much work film theorie puts into all of these videos
Trendyfox00 ART
Trendyfox00 ART 7 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
Before the video: I think donkey is one of the children that turned into donkeys on pleasure island. (Pinoccio)
Jillian Abbood
Jillian Abbood 9 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 9 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 10 hours ago
Matpat: He rips off his skin to reveal he's human Me: WAIT WHAT NOW?!? (I actually jumped) 😂😂😂
El Berno
El Berno 13 hours 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 16 hours ago
Hi Sesame Street that from the Muppets
GizmoQueen 19 hours ago
Just gonna throw this out there: Bottom from Midsummer Nights Dream
Laura Martinez
Laura Martinez 19 hours ago
I’ve never heard the word ‘donkey’ so much in my life
OutLogs Day ago
*Schaffrillas! You recognized him!*
Alan Brabender
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
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
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
Yes he is a ***
When the fuck was pinocchio this dark wtf????
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 Day ago
Matpat: In The words of Sesame Street Also Matpat: Shows a Picture of the muppets
w.m.d_ _
w.m.d_ _ Day ago
or maybe he already told people about it and it's stopped
Yoji Day ago
*So donkey is a donkey*
Evcorp Vlogs
Evcorp Vlogs 2 days ago
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
But royals have immunity to jail so opening make no sense
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 2 days ago
SamwiseThePippin 2 days ago
I was with you until you started victim blaming Matpat.
Kametoro 2 days ago
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
Amanda Blyth
Amanda Blyth 3 days ago
It I guessed this years ago ha
Shannon Tracy
Shannon Tracy 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
It’s so cool that you shouted out Schafrillas!
JACPAT FAMILY 3 days ago
I agree makes sense
ThatTomshow 3 days ago
dude lol very funny video, liked and favourited. Never show this to me again
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 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 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 4 days ago
Finally, I've been waiting years for this..
Giannis Mor
Giannis Mor 4 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 5 days ago
Except wouldn't Donkey have a human name?
Emily Olsen
Emily Olsen 5 days ago
Professor Paradox
His teeth kind of look like the bully's who was with Pinocchio too.
34autigers 5 days ago
RIP little boys
34autigers 5 days ago
Sad donkey
Jose Candelario
Jose Candelario 5 days ago
You didn't came up with this theory, I heard this theory long before this video came out
Sam uy
Sam uy 5 days ago
*Plot of shrek 5*
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