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!
Fiona Was Probably A Cannibal In 'Shrek'Photo: Shrek / DreamWorks Pictures
From Redditor u/Froidster:
So Fiona is in that tower since shes a little girl right? Where does she get her food? Nobody can get in because of the dragon. The dragon protects her. The dragon probably feeds her. What does the dragon feed her? Well, if you watch carefully right after Fiona and Shrek are leaving the Tallest Tower (time stamp: 37:38) you can see a giant cauldron boiling and a giant cook book, open to a specific recipe: “Knightly Treats.”
The Dragon is cooking Knights and following a recipe! HOLD ON you might be thinking. Thats just what the dragon eats right? Not Fiona, the dragon probably feeds her other stuff like the Knights’ horses.
EXCEPT SHE DOESN’T! It clearly shows earlier in the film when Shrek and Donkey are about to cross the rope bridge (time stamp: 30:19) that the Knight’s horses are left to die on the far side of the bridge after the Dragon kills them, cooks them up, and FEEDS THEM TO FIONA.
FIONA IS A CANNIBAL!
Theres more to the theory! What if Fiona only eats when she is in ogre form? Would it still be cannibalism? That’s probably how she copes: “I’m not a cannibal, I’m an ogre.” She only turns into an ogre at night though, so does she eat at night and sleep during the day? YES! When Shrek finds her at the tallest tower, she was in bed sleeping AND SHE IS IN HUMAN FORM BECAUSE ITS DAYTIME! FIONA SLEEPS DURING THE DAY AS A HUMAN AND WAKES UP AT NIGHT AS AN OGRE TO EAT THE PEOPLE WHO WERE TRYING TO RESCUE HER!211Interesting theory?
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.141Interesting theory?
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 weapon of most dragons seems to be short-ranged and defensive, great for keeping predators at bay. Night Furies have long-ranged fireballs which explode 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 predator.
- 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 predators. 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 attack 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.100Interesting theory?
'The Boss Baby' Is A Lot Darker Than Anyone RealizesPhoto: The Boss Baby / 20th Century Fox
From Redditor u/plobster:
Throughout the movie Tim and Boss Baby's arc is that they go from not liking each other to loving each other through running through the various hardships in the movie. Tim goes from hating the idea of having a baby brother, to loving the fact and forming a brotherly bond with Boss Baby, realizing that they can actually get along.
Tim has bonded with his brother, They love each other as brothers do and even when Boss baby goes back to the Baby realm, Tim writes to Boss Baby convincing him to come back to the human realm, to which he misses Tim too and agrees to go back, so he rides the weird baby conveyor into human world and become a real kid once again.
However, this process WIPES HIS MEMORY, so essentially the new brother may as well be an entirely new kid. Boss Baby is super stoked riding down the baby chute, when in fact he is taking a one way trip to HIS DEATH. The new child who emerges to be with Tim is not the brother Tim knows, he's nothing but an imposter, a shell of who Boss Baby was before, but it's played off like a happy ending.
This is an existential nightmare and is deeply unsettling to me...100Interesting theory?