There are plenty of memorable quotes within DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek movie franchise, although it’s interesting to note that the best lines come from supporting characters and not from the series star himself. The following five stand as the best, most indelible lines in the Shrek films:
There’s little doubt that Donkey remains the most entertaining character within the Shrek series, with the lion’s share of credit for the character’s success due to Eddie Murphy’s flamboyant, consistently hilarious voice work. The actor manages to transform the most mundane of lines into laugh-out-loud funny bits of comedy, and it’s hard to argue that Murphy’s most triumphant moment comes shortly after we first meet Donkey in the original Shrek – as the character begins to float after being hit by a sprinkling of pixie dust from a fairy. Once in the air, Donkey utters the now famous line “You might have seen a housefly, maybe even a superfly, but I bet you ain't never seen a donkey fly!” and a legend is immediately born.
After he was introduced in Shrek 2, Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) quickly became a fan favorite that managed to steal scenes from the original film’s indelible trio of Shrek (Mike Myers), Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), and Donkey (Eddie Murphy). And although he had plenty of hilarious lines in 2004’s Shrek 2, Puss in Boots’ most memorable quote can be found about halfway through 2007’s Shrek the Third – as the adorable, swashbuckling tabby learns that Donkey once suffered through “wedgies and swirlies.” This admission leads Puss in Boots to remark "How can you be a receiver of the wedgies when you are clearly not a wearer of the underpants?", which prompts a response of “Let’s just say some things are better left unsaid” from Donkey.
It’s hard to deny that a big part of what makes Donkey such a great character is his wild enthusiasm and his ability to make the best out of virtually any situation. In the original Shrek, Donkey (Eddie Murphy) manages to escape from his owner and eventually winds up tagging along with a very reluctant Shrek (Mike Myers) – with Donkey’s request to stay with Shrek triggering one of the most memorable conversation’s in the franchise’s history. After Shrek agrees to let Donkey stay with him for one night only, Donkey, having already rushed ahead and made himself comfortable on Shrek’s easy chair, excitedly remarks “This is going to be fun! We can stay up late, swapping manly stories, and in the morning, I'm making waffles!”
Near the end of Shrek 2, Shrek (Mike Myers) and the rest of the gang attempt to mount a rescue mission to save Fiona (Cameron Diaz) – who has been tricked into believing that Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) is actually Shrek in human form. This proves to be a near impossible task, however, as Fiona is being held deep within a heavily guarded castle that’s completely surrounded by an imposing moat – which inevitably prompts The Gingerbread Man (Conrad Vernon) to remark “It looks like we're up chocolate creek without a Popsicle stick!” (Of course, this problem proves to be short lived as the gang create an enormous Gingerbread Man and use him to break into the castle.)
The inclusion of “Do the roar!” on this list will probably seem unusual to folks who haven’t seen Shrek Forever After, as the quote really doesn’t mean much when stripped of its context and its delivery. But the continued utterance of the line in the movie itself remains one of the most memorable aspects of Shrek Forever After, as Shrek (Mike Myers) is continually pestered by an obnoxious little kid to “Do the roar!” at a birthday party for his own children. The lollipop-toting kid is actually voiced by the movie’s director, Mike Mitchell, with the filmmaker’s hilarious voice performance heightening what is already an inherently hilarious character. (Even the kid’s name is funny, as he’s called “Butter Pants” in the film’s closing credits.)