When You Realize This Adult Joke Was In Shrek, Your Childhood Will Officially Be Over

Shrek Lord Farquaad

One of the best things about more recent animated movies is that the scripts contain jokes that go over the kids’ heads but that their parents can quietly appreciate from the theater seat next to them. And then the kids inevitably watch the movie again years later and finally understand why it was funny — and probably inappropriate. But I still never realized this particular joke was in 2001′s Shrek, which was pointed out yesterday in a Reddit thread asking about things you realized about a movie years later. Warning: Reading this will cause your childhood to die on the spot.

User OHNO50 answered with this tidbit:

“That the name Lord Farquaad in Shrek, was really a joke for the adults that he was a fuck wad. Woosh.”

I’m sure there are at least some of you who just read that and are now declaring, “Of course I realized that! How couldn’t I?! It’s so obvious!” Well, good for you for being so sophisticated, but it went over my head, as well as the heads of some of the Reddit people. So I thought I should share the information with other innocents who also might not have realized. I guess I was too busy being proud of myself for understanding at age 11 that the little figures welcoming Shrek to Duloc almost rhymed “grass” with “ass” in their song.

Another user points out that in the Shrek musical one of the character’s “entrance pieces was called ‘Farq in A.’” As in “fuckin’ A.” Farquaad’s name was also believed to be a reference to the “far quad” at Notre Dame, where the screenwriter studied, but that might just be a myth.

Anyway, now that I’ve made sure your innocence is totally nonexistent, anyone else really jonesing to watch Shrek? Gosh, that movie’s great. And apparently extremely clever, too. Cleverer than I even realized for the past thirteen years.

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    • noticedswearthefirsttimeheard

      hmm, pay attention. most cartoons do this play on words.

    • Alana Vincenza

      I completely missed this!

    • Alexandra Mitchell

      Nope, completely over my head.

    • Kate

      As a student at notre dame I can say that the movie was a reference to the “far quad” at notre dame, which is called that because the so called quad is only one all male dorm almost completely isolated from campus. Lord Farquaad is modeled after their notoriously mean and strict Rector ( Dorm Director) who was shorter than average due to a limp. Both of the writers of Shrek were in this dorm during the four years of their undergrad and based Dulac (a reference to the name of ND’s honor code) off of how the dorm was run.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Ah, interesting.

    • Maeby

      There’s so many more. There was this one scene where Shrek sees the tower in Duloc when he arrives and tells Donkey, “Do you think he’s compensating for something” as a reference to Lord Farquuads height but secretly his dick. That’s from what I heard in many blogs as well.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Yes I remember the “compensating for something” line!

    • kittymom

      There is also the scene where Lord F is having the magic mirror play images of Fiona over and over. The mirror looks disgusted and then you notice that, strangely, the covers over his crotch area suddenly rise up….

      • Jill O’Rourke


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    • Spiderpigmom

      Childhood? How old is the average Mommyish reader?… OMG I’m so OLD!!!

      • Jenni

        No, we’re just really young! You clicked over to a Crushable link from Mommyish.

    • Obladi Oblada

      I can’t be the only one who caught that. Of course I was 25 when it came out sooo…

    • haha

      For those of you in the not “sophisticated” group, per this article. Do not watch American Dad or Family Guy, your head will explode.

    • Bran

      How old are y’all? Because I got all of those jokes…in 2001…when I was 21…

      • Jill O’Rourke

        I was 11. But I mentioned it my mom and she’d never made the connection either, so I don’t think it’s necessarily just about age.