Though they are sometimes thought of as childish, there are plenty of animated films that appeal to all ages. Shrek is the best of the bunch, simply because of the level of humor – it hits for both children and adults. It also has some of the most interesting trivia facts. How many of these ten do you know?
10. What song was almost taken out of the original Shrek movie?
Though 'All Star' is one of the most iconic songs in the Shrek movies, it was mainly used a a filler song for test audiences until they could find another one. The test audiences ended up loving the song so much that they kept it.
9. What real-life medication can be found in the Fairy Godmother's potion factory in 'Shrek 2'?
In an effort to slip in adult humor into the family-friendly film, one of the labels on a conveyor belt in the potion factory reads 'Viagra'.
8. What is the Fairy Godmother's real name?
Though she is largely referred to only as Fairy Godmother, her real name is Dama Fortuna, a play on Dame Fortune, which means Lady Luck.
7. What was the original title for the fourth 'Shrek' movie?
DreamWorks wanted to use the clever title 'Shrek Goes Fourth', but they changed the name to Shrek Forever After once they decided that it would be the franchise finale.
6. Which of these movies is NOT referenced in 'Shrek 2'?
E.T. is referenced when Mongo says "be good" before falling into the water, The Lord of the Rings is referenced at the beginning when the dwarves fashion wedding rings for Shrek and Fiona, and Alien is referenced when Puss In Boots bursts out of Shrek's chest during their initial meeting.
5. Donkey's quote, "I like that boulder. That is a nice boulder." is a reference to which children's story?
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is about a donkey that uses a magic pebble to turn himself into a boulder in order to escape a lion. Coincidentally, the man who wrote the story, William Steig, also wrote the original Shrek children's book, so they threw in the reference as a tribute to the author.
4. Which of these directors almost made a 'Shrek' movie back in 1991?
Spielberg bought the rights to the film in 1991. He meant to cast Bill Murray as Shrek and Steve Martin as Donkey. However, that version of the film never came to fruition.
3. Lord Farquaad is believed to be based of of what real-life person?
Due to DreamWorks's founder Jeffrey Katzenberg's falling out with former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, it is believed that Eisner was the basis for Farquaad. That is why Farquaad's kingdom, Duloc, looks like a theme-park meant to mimic Disneyland.
2. What pop icon does Fiona have a poster of in her bedroom?
In Fiona's room, you can clearly see a poster of Sir. Justin in one of the shots. The sketch is of Justin Timberlake, who was Cameron Diaz's boyfriend at the time (Diaz voiced Fiona).
1.)Although it was never shown on-screen, what animal did Dragon turn into when Donkey drank the 'Happily Ever After' potion in 'Shrek 2'?
Dragon was supposed to play a large role as a pegasus in the second Shrek film, but unfortunately they had to cut that part out. That didn't stop director Andrew Adamson from revealing Dragon's transformation at a screening where a young fan asked the question that was on everyone's mind.