15 Fan Theories About DreamWorks Movies That Make A Lot Of Sense
Photo: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World / Universal Pictures

15 Fan Theories About DreamWorks Movies That Make A Lot Of Sense

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Who doesn't love a layered animated movie that both kids and adults can enjoy? While Disney usually reigns supreme in the world of family animation, smaller studios like DreamWorks Pictures have found a niche with more experimental original stories, bizarre takes on classic properties, and even irreverent takes on fairytale tropes.

From the many Shrek movies to underrated gems like The Road to El Dorado, DreamWorks manages to spark conversations and theory-crafting in movie fans across the internet while barely breaking a sweat. This is a collection of fan theories about DreamWorks movies. Vote up the fan theories you think are the most interesting!

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    Tai Lung Was Never Denied The Scroll Or His Destiny Of Being The Dragon Warrior In 'Kung Fu Panda'

    Tai Lung Was Never Denied The Scroll Or His Destiny Of Being The Dragon Warrior In 'Kung Fu Panda'
    Photo: Kung Fu Panda / Paramount Pictures

    From Redditor u/Whitepill-rescue:

    In Kung Fu Panda, Tai Lung the villain was never denied the scroll or his destiny of being the dragon warrior. The denying of the scroll to him was just a test, he was supposed to accept the denial with humility. At that point, he would have proven his humility and been granted the scroll.

    To test whether an acolyte was worthy of completing their training, the dojo will deny an acolyte the scroll at the end to test what kind of person they really are. If an acolyte had truly learned the art of balance and inner peace in addition to his physical training, he would have accepted the denial with humility. In doing so, the acolyte would then prove that he is perfect inside and out, and at that point, the master would then explain that it was just a test and grant him the scroll.

    Tai Lung failed this test by reacting with anger and hatred. That was why he was never granted the scroll: not because he was not worthy, but because he proved himself unworthy. For all his prowess, tai lung failed the most important test in the end, the test of whether he could exercise his great power with great responsibility.

    This was clearly hinted strongly by the movie by the fact that the scroll was empty.

    2,612 votes
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    In 'The Road To El Dorado' The Chief Was A God In Disguise

    In 'The Road To El Dorado' The Chief Was A God In Disguise
    Photo: The Road to El Dorado / DreamWorks Pictures

    From Redditor u/spidersoup:

    In The Road to El Dorado, Tulio and Miguel find El Dorado and pretend to be gods in an attempt to grift gold out of the city.

    The priest Tzekel-Kan is a total [jerk] who always wanted to sacrifice people. He continually got in to pissing matches with the Chief. Tzekel-Kan believes Tulio and Miguel are gods until the end of the movie when he finds physical evidence to the contrary.

    The Chief is a really laid back guy who doesn't like Tzekel-Kan at all. He is always friendly towards his subjects and offers non-violent gifts to Miguel and Tulio. Mid way through the movie, the Chief makes it obvious he knows Miguel and Tulio are not gods at all, yet he still has his people build them a huge boat and fill it with gold, and he offers Miguel the opportunity to stay in El Dorado and act like a god for life. Near the end of the film, he displays superhuman strength by holding back a massive stone pillar on his own.

    What explains this? The Chief is actually a god who lives in El Dorado.

    Everyone else immediately assumed Miguel and Tulio were gods, including Tzekel-Kan. But the Chief was just confused when he heard the news because he knew no other gods were there. He goes along with Miguel and Tulio's plan because that is what the people are expecting. Because their culture is highly religious it could cause a lot of social disruption if the gods were not appeased and then "ascend" with their gifts.


    Tzekel-Kan predicted the Age of the Jaguar would be an age of violence marked by the coming of a god. But he got some of the prediction wrong -- the god already came. It was the Chief, who descended from the spirit world to try and protect the Aztec people from the Spanish invasion. The vision Tzekel-Kan saw was not the coming of the gods, but the coming of the two men who would mark the start of the invasion in El Dorado.

    1,600 votes
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    Night Furies Evolved To Hunt Other Dragons In 'How To Train Your Dragon'

    Night Furies Evolved To Hunt Other Dragons In 'How To Train Your Dragon'
    Photo: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World / Universal Pictures

    From Redditor u/goingtodeletedis:

    There are certain traits Night Furies have, which seem to imply they may be adapted for hunting dragons

    • They are the fastest and most maneuverable of all dragons.
    • Predators tend to be smarter than their prey, and Toothless seems to be very intelligent. While dragons as a whole seem to be very smart, few are as smart as Toothless
    • The breath of most dragons seems to be short-ranged and defensive, great for keeping opponants at bay. Night Furies have long-ranged fireballs which combust on impact, incapacitating any potential prey. Their projectiles also seem to be adapted for igniting other dragons breath while it is still in their mouth.
    • Said fireballs are powerful enough to harm the Bewilderbeast and the Red Death, so imagine how effective it would be against smaller dragon species.
    • They are black and nocturnal, allowing them to sneak up on their prey under the cover of darkness. This is in stark contrast to other dragons which are rather flamboyant.
    • Many dragons have eyes on the sides of their head, an adaptation common in prey animals. Night Furies have forward facing eyes, which are more common in predatory animals.
    • While all other dragon species have long, needle-like teeth and long sharp claws, excellent for catching slippery fish, Night Furies have short, stubby teeth and claws, bad for fishing but pretty decent tools for tearing through tough dragon scales.
    • Retractable teeth may also be an adaptation for hunting. Since their teeth are valuable weapons Night Furies evolved a way to protect them.
    • In the 3rd movie Toothless learns how to turn invisible, an ability which would be of great use for a stealthy ambush.
    • Other dragons just attacked the village, not even trying to be stealthy. Toothless meanwhile managed to terrorize the vikings for years and yet still remain a complete mystery to them.
    • Prey animals tend to outnumber their hunters. This could explain Night Furies almost went extinct, there were probably not that many of them to begin with.

    Also the only reason why Toothless doesn't take on other dragons is because, being the only surviving member of his species, he likely never learned how to hunt and behave properly. He likely adopted a piscivorous diet after seeing other dragons doing it.

    2,906 votes
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    Shrek Was Exiled From The Ogres

    Shrek Was Exiled From The Ogres
    Photo: Shrek Forever After / Paramount Pictures

    From a former Redditor:

    Shrek is actually an outcast from the Ogre community he is from. Shrek did not enjoy the harsh lifestyle the other Ogres lived.

    After he refused to participate in vicious attacks against humans and other creatures he was exiled. Shrek attempted to befriend several humans, but they were all afraid of him. This caused him to become bitter and he soon began to enjoy causing chaos, but he still did not enjoy causing physical harm and still looked for companionship.

    Shrek eventually settled in his swamp, which was far away from the Ogre community, because he didn't know where else to go. The first movie takes place a few years after all of this happened.

    1,900 votes
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    Literally Everyone Was Happy Farquaad Died

    Literally Everyone Was Happy Farquaad Died
    Photo: Shrek / DreamWorks Pictures

    From Redditor u/Walnutterzz:

    After watching Shrek with my 4 year old the 100th time this week I have just realized that everyone who is ruled under Farquaad hates him, and his soldiers are jerks. This theory is supported by the following:

    When the crowd sees Farquaad's best men being easily taken down by an ogre and a donkey they start cheering and rooting for the soldiers defeat. If the crowd respected the soldiers they would be booing Shrek, but instead we see them advising Shrek to hit them over the head with a chair.

    When the soldiers are defeated there's more cheering until the crossbows are shown. They immediately stop because they realize that they may be next after the ogre and donkey are dead.

    When Farquaad passed nobody cared.

    1,509 votes
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    'Chicken Run' Has *Much* Darker Themes Beyond The Surface

    'Chicken Run' Has *Much* Darker Themes Beyond The Surface
    Photo: Chicken Run / DreamWorks Distribution

    From Redditor u/sparta981:

    Chicken Run is definitely about a Holocaust concentration camp escape. There's the older rooster who is exceedingly British and talks about his time in the RAF but is past his prime. There's the American rooster who talks a big game but is actually not that great in practice and then he gets his act together long enough to help them escape. The fence for the chickens is topped with barbed wire, chickens that misbehave are put in solitary, and the ones that don't do enough work (laying eggs) are butchered. The rats are not held captive, but they sit by and only help when it benefits them to do so.

    Visually, the bunks they have are reminiscent of a concentration camp's barracks. Better still, you can often see guard towers in the backdrop. Of course, the biggest piece of evidence is the fact that, when the chickens are no longer profitable, she begins feeding them into an oven.

    1,284 votes