28 details and jokes you probably missed in 'Shrek 2'

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  • Even "Shrek 2" superfans probably missed some of these sneaky details and clever jokes.

  • The film parodies real-life brands and stores, and it references many fairy-tale characters.

  • Renditions of real public figures, like Prince Charles and Justin Timberlake, appear in "Shrek 2."

The title card shows two sets of Shrek ears.

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The ears were also present on the title card of the first movie.DreamWorks

The sequel's title card incorporates Shrek's ears into the logo, just like the first installment did.

A group of fireflies arranges itself to spell "Shrek" on the door of Fiona and Shrek's honeymoon suite. And their room number, "2," also gets adorned with a set of the iconic ogre ears.

The sequel opens with a book of fairy tales, but this time, it tells the story of "Shrek."

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The beginning of "Shrek 2" recaps what happened in the first movie.DreamWorks

In "Shrek," the opening sequence featured a book of fairy tales that Shrek reads aloud in his outhouse.

"Shrek 2" opens with the same book, but this time, the story inside recaps key events from the first movie in classic fairy-tale styling.

The Big Bad Wolf is reading "Pork Illustrated" and eating bacon-flavored pork rinds.

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The Big Bad Wolf was also in the first movie.DreamWorks

Just like in the first movie, the Big Bad Wolf wears a pink nightgown and is typically lounging in bed in the sequel — a reference to his behavior in "Little Red Riding Hood."

His first scene in "Shrek 2" also shows him reading a magazine called Pork Illustrated with a pig in a bikini on the cover.

The magazine, which is a clever reference to Sports Illustrated, plays into the fact that the Big Bad Wolf is also a character commonly associated with the story of "The Three Little Pigs."

To further drive home the theme, the wolf is also munching on some bacon-flavored pork rinds.

The onion carriage from the end of the first movie is frequently seen in the sequel.

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Shrek and Fiona go on their honeymoon in the second movie.DreamWorks

At the end of the first movie, Shrek and Fiona ride away from their wedding in a carriage made out of an onion.

The onion was a significant part of the first movie, as it was used in Shrek's ogre metaphor, and the carriage becomes Shrek and Fiona's main form of transportation in "Shrek 2."

Hansel and Gretel are referenced more than once.

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Hansel and Gretel are classic fairy-tale characters.DreamWorks

Shrek and Fiona have their honeymoon in a gingerbread house decorated with icing and candy called Hansel's Honeymoon Hideaway.

The design of the house and its name are clear allusions to Hansel and Gretel, the fairy-tale children who wander into a candy house and are trapped by a hungry witch.

Later on, the Fairy Godmother also mentions "Hansel and Gretel" while going through her stack of fairy tales.

Princess Ariel appears to show up for an unexpected cameo.

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Princess Ariel is a character from Disney's "The Little Mermaid."DreamWorks

The opening scenes of the film are a montage of Shrek and Fiona's honeymoon.

During a romantic moment on the beach, a wave comes in, and Shrek goes from embracing Fiona to kissing a mermaid who washed in from the ocean. The mermaid has bright-red hair and a greenish-blue tail that are very similar to Disney's Princess Ariel from "The Little Mermaid."

When Fiona drags the mermaid off Shrek and throws her back in the water, her purple bra is also shown, which further cements the mermaid's similarities to Ariel.

Shrek and Fiona recreate an iconic scene from "Spider-Man" (2002).

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Shrek and Fiona's upside-down kiss is reminiscent of the one in "Spider-Man."DreamWorks

During their honeymoon montage, Shrek gets caught in a trap in the forest that flips him upside down, dunks his head in mud, and leaves him dangling from a tree branch.

After Fiona fights off the men who set the trap, she rushes to her husband to check on him.

As she wipes the mud from his mouth and kisses him, viewers may be reminded of the iconic kiss between Peter Parker and Mary Jane in the first installment of the Tobey Maguire "Spider-Man" series.

There are also references to Rapunzel, Tinkerbell, and Cinderella.

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The famous fairy-tale characters and Disney protagonists appear in the film.DreamWorks

This is a movie full of fairy-tale references, including famous princesses and fairies.

When Shrek and Fiona trap glowing fairies to use as lamps, they seem to all be dressed exactly like Disney's Tinkerbell, with short green dresses and green shoes.

Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey also drive by Rapunzel's tower, which has a long blonde braid cascading from the window, and Cinderella's castle, which has a gate adorned with a glass slipper.

The princesses' Hollywood Hills-style mansions are also clearly marked by gates with their names on them.

The sign in front of Shrek's swamp has been updated to show that Fiona moved in.

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Shrek and Fiona return to their swamp after their honeymoon.DreamWorks

Shrek has a "Beware! Ogre" sign in front of his swamp during the first movie to ward off potential visitors.

When Shrek and Fiona return home from their honeymoon, there's an added drawing of Fiona next to the one of Shrek, and the sign reads, "Beware! Ogres," to show that Fiona has moved in, too.

The Kingdom of Far Far Away is supposed to resemble Hollywood.

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There are lots of references to Hollywood in Far Far Away.DreamWorks

Much of this movie takes place in the Kingdom of Far Far Away, which is ruled by Fiona's parents, King Harold and Queen Lillian.

As Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey approach the kingdom, there's a Hollywood-style sign that reads "Far Far Away," and they travel down roads that bear striking resemblances to Rodeo Drive and Sunset Boulevard.

There are even people selling fairy-tale star maps on the street, like the ones in Hollywood that show tourists where celebrities live.

A coffee chain that looks a lot like Starbucks appears throughout the movie.

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In the movie, the chain is called Farbucks.DreamWorks

Farbucks Coffee is visible several times throughout the film, including when Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey first arrive in Far Far Away.

The name alone seems to be a clear reference to Starbucks, and the fictional logo even uses a green-and-white design similar to the actual coffee chain's.

Viewers paying close attention will also notice that there is a Farbucks on both corners of the same street in one scene, likely a nod to the idea that Starbucks has become so popular that one can be seen on virtually every corner.

The main road of the Kingdom is filled with real-life store references.

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The film's stores are clever parodies of real-life establishments.DreamWorks

Farbucks Coffee is just one of the brand references that can be seen in the film.

Signs advertise shops and products like Versarchery, Burger Prince, Epiphany & Co, Baskin Robin Hood, Tower of London Records, Gap Queen, and Banana Kingdom — which appear to be medieval renamings of the popular brands Versace, Burger King, Tiffany & Co, Baskin Robbins, London Records, Gap, and Banana Republic.

A shopper is also carrying a Saxxon Fifth Avenue bag.

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Saxxon Fifth Avenue is a medieval play on Saks Fifth Avenue.DreamWorks

The majority of the brand references are shown on store windows and awnings, but one reference appears on a shopping bag.

A woman crossing the street is shown holding a black bag that reads "Saxxon Fifth Avenue," a reference to the well-known Saks Fifth Avenue department store.

Like the other stores, this one got a "Shrek"-style medieval twist. Saxon refers to the group that conquered part of England in the fifth century.

Fiona's dress flies up in an apparent reference to Marilyn Monroe.

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Marilyn Monroe's scene from "The Seven Year Itch" has been parodied many times.DreamWorks

When Fairy Godmother first shows up, she performs a musical number during which she uses her magic to change Fiona's room and clothing.

She makes Fiona's furniture talk and move about like the furniture in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," but there's another, quicker movie reference as well.

When Fiona's dress is changed to a gold gown, it flies up, revealing her shoes, and Fiona uses her hands to push the dress back down. This seems to be a reenactment of Marilyn Monroe's iconic scene from "The Seven Year Itch," which has been imitated in countless films since the 1950s.

Prince Charles makes an animated cameo during the musical number.

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The British royal appears in Fiona's mirror.DreamWorks

During the Fairy Godmother's big song, Fiona sits down at her vanity and an image of Prince Charles appears on her mirror as the furniture sings, "The kind of gal the prince would date."

There are plenty of references to fictional princes and princesses in "Shrek 2," so this brief cameo of the real British royal is particularly fun.

There's a bar that seems to reference "Snow White" where more villainous fairy-tale characters congregate.

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Captain Hook and an Ugly Stepsister appear in the bar.DreamWorks

There are several scenes set in a bar called The Poison Apple — likely a reference to "Snow White."

When King Harold first visits the bar, he sits next to the Headless Horseman and an Ugly Stepsister (from "Cinderella") is working as the bartender.

Later, when Shrek goes to The Poison Apple, Captain Hook is playing the piano.

The bar also has some fun medieval signs in the background.

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The signs include Roman numerals and medieval language.DreamWorks

Inside The Poison Apple, there are also fun medieval takes on common bar signs.

One reads "No One Under Age XXI Served," in reference to the US minimum legal drinking age of 21. There is also a "We reserve the right to behead anyone" sign, which is a rather unique twist on the right to refuse service.

Fiona's bedroom has posters that resemble pop-culture icons.

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There's a tribute to Justin Timberlake in "Shrek 2."DreamWorks

Since Fiona lived in a tower for years before Shrek rescued her, she hasn't been in her childhood bedroom at her parents' castle since she was a kid.

With this in mind, it's not surprising that there are some fun posters and trinkets sprinkled around the room.

One poster in her bedroom shows a celebrity named "Sir Justin," who seems to bear resemblance to musician Justin Timberlake.

The Fairy Godmother's factory has several features commonly found in real offices.

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There's an Employee of the Month poster and a janitor's closet.DreamWorks

Fairy Godmother's cottage looks like a storybook version of a factory on the outside, but it also has some common office features inside.

Her reception area has before and after posters along the wall, like those more commonly seen in a salon or plastic surgeon's office. There's also an Employee of the Month sign in the factory area next to a janitor's closet.

Fairy Godmother references multiple fairy tales and one unexpected movie in the same scene.

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There are "Cinderella" and "Sleeping Beauty" books on her shelf.DreamWorks

When Shrek asks Fairy Godmother for a potion, she goes through the books in her library to prove that ogres don't live happily ever after, listing "Cinderella," "Snow White," "Sleeping Beauty," "Hansel and Gretel," "Thumbelina," "The Golden Bird," "The Little Mermaid," and "Pretty Woman."

All of these are classic fairy tales, except for the last one.

"Pretty Woman" is a 1990 "Cinderella"-esque rom-com about a man who falls in love with an escort he hires.

A spilled potion turns people into animals, animals into people, and two employees into "Beauty and the Beast" characters.

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Cogsworth and Lumière seem to make an appearance in "Shrek 2."DreamWorks

The giant vat of potion that Shrek pours out in the Fairy Godmother's factory seems to transform everyone who gets covered in it.

Two swans are changed into dancers, and the majority of the Fairy Godmother's employees are transformed into birds. But two employees turn into more recognizable characters instead.

When they're affected by the potion, they turn into a clock and candelabra — both with faces — in an apparent reference to two of the main characters in "Beauty and the Beast."

Jill, of "Jack and Jill," is cleverly referenced in the scene where Shrek becomes a human.

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The woman said she fetched Shrek a pail of water.DreamWorks

After Shrek and Donkey drink the potion they stole from Fairy Godmother, Shrek wakes up to see three women discussing his good looks and arguing over who gets to touch him.

When Shrek complains about his head hurting, one of the women quickly gets up and says, "Here, I fetched you a pail of water."

A few moments later, she says her name is Jill, which makes sense given the famous nursery rhyme that goes "Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water."

The love potion Fairy Godmother gives King Harold seems to be another pop-culture reference.

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King Harold gets the love potion from Fairy Godmother.DreamWorks

When King Herold gets the love potion from Fairy Godmother — which he plans on slipping into Fiona's drink to make her fall in love with Prince Charming — the bottle has IX (Roman numeral nine) written on the front of it.

This seems to either be a reference to the 1992 rom-com "Love Potion No. 9" or the hit song of the same name by The Searchers.

Gingy's legs have been reattached since his injury in the first movie.

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Gingy appears to have icing stitches holding his legs together.DreamWorks

Gingy, the gingerbread man, was tortured in the first movie, which resulted in his legs being ripped off.

In the sequel, his legs have new icing stitches holding them together.

The Kingdom of Far Far Away has a TV show that seems to be a parody of "Cops."

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"Knights" is shot in the same style as the reality show "Cops."DreamWorks

Shrek's friends are watching TV together when a show called "Knights" comes on.

The narration and camera style make it clear that this is a parody of the long-running reality TV show "Cops."

The Muffin Man actually lives on Drury Lane.

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The Muffin Man helps Shrek stop Fiona from getting with Prince Charming.DreamWorks

Gingy was tortured about the whereabouts of the Muffin Man during the first "Shrek" movie.

The baker not only appears in the sequel, but a view of a sign outside his house also shows that he does indeed live on Drury Lane, as the nursery rhyme states.

There are multiple stories referenced during the big fight with Fairy Godmother.

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Both Pinocchio and the Big Bad Wolf act out scenes from their stories.DreamWorks

When Shrek and his friends show up to stop Fiona and Prince Charming from getting together, they get into a pretty chaotic fight with Fairy Godmother.

As Shrek's friends fight the villain, they perform iconic moments from their respective stories.

For example, Pinocchio is turned into a real boy, a pig flies out a window, and the Big Bad Wolf huffs and puffs.

During the end credits, Dragon brings Donkey their kids.

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Donkey and Dragon's love story started during the first movie.DreamWorks

Dragon and Donkey met and began their relationship during the first movie. But aside from Donkey mentioning her, Dragon is noticeably absent from the sequel.

However, she shows up during the end credits and surprises Donkey by introducing him to their kids, which are interesting donkey-dragon hybrid creatures.

Dragon's pregnancy explains the comments Donkey made in the film about her being "moody."

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