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(2001)

Goofs

Character error 

Lord Farquaad summons the Mirror to show him a princess he can marry (to become King of Duloc). The Mirror presents him with Cinderella, who is not a princess in her own right, so Lord Farquaad could not become King by marrying her. Of the choices named by the Mirror, only Snow White and Fiona are princesses.

Continuity 

The chain around Dragon's neck is not there when Donkey summons her before the wedding scene, but it appears seconds later when Shrek gives Donkey a noogie. The chain disappears again after Shrek uses it to climb on to her.
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When Fiona finishes off the rest of Robin Hood's Merry Men, she cries out a few seconds later that an arrow is stuck in Shrek's butt. However, if one looks in the few shots beforehand, there is none there.
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When Shrek and donkey arrive at Duloc, Shrek scares the parking valet who then proceeds to run back and forth through the roped queuing area. When seen from above, he has 4 more rows to run, but when seen from behind, once he runs those four rows, he still has two more rows to run.
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When Donkey passes out (after the arrow incident) you see some dry leaves drifting up from the floor. However, in the next, wider shot there are no leaves to be seen.
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When Lord Farquaad finds Shrek, Donkey and Fiona after Donkey discovers Fiona's secret, he gives Shrek a scroll, claiming it's the deed to the swamp. Later, when he leaves with Fiona, the scroll is nowhere to be seen.
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In the last two shots of the scene in which Fiona takes out Hood and his men, the swing that the Friar was in is missing from the background.
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When Shrek first paints the "Beware Ogre" sign at the beginning, the top left corner is missing from the piece of wood. In the next shot, the top right corner is missing (as if the painting was done on the other side of the wood).
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As Shrek and Donkey are leaving we see them walk through sunflowers before the onions and cabbages. Later as they are walking back, the sunflowers are farther away from the castle than any other plant.
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When Shrek sits to eat his meal he has a slug on the left-hand side of his plate facing towards him. When he is invaded by the Three Blind Mice the slug is suddenly facing the other way.
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The door to Shrek's swamp opens inwards in some scenes and outwards in others and is stopped by the frame each time. It should only be able to open one way.
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There is a spigot on the barrel next to the one that Shrek whacks with the beer mug at the tournament, as seen in the overhead shot. Seconds later, when Donkey uses the same barrel to crush the knights, the spigot has disappeared.
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Disappearing shield on the wall behind Shrek at the tournament. It is there when Shrek is announced as champion, but then is gone in the next shot.
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When Shrek and the donkey are looking at the stars, in one shot Orion's Belt (three bright stars in a row) is right next to the moon, but in the next shot of the stars it's not.
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When Lord Farquaad is questioning the Gingerbread man, he throws his leg onto the tray that it is lying on but when the camera shows the Gingerbread man, the leg is nowhere to be seen.
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During the scene where Shrek and Donkey meet the mascot, after the mascot is on the ground, while looking through the doorway, the mascot isn't colored.
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Shrek, Donkey and Fiona stop twice after her rescue, so as not to reveal Fiona's secret. At the second stop, the door to Fiona's cabin opens in & out.
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Errors in geography 

The sun sets in different directions with respect to the same view of Lord Farquaad's castle.
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Factual errors 

The three blind mice and the woman who lived in a shoe seen in Shrek's swamp are not actually fairy tale characters but nursery rhyme characters.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

As far as we know, Fiona has spent her entire life alone in the tower, so she should have no knowledge of the outside world. Yet as her encounters with the songbird and Robin Hood demonstrate, she is more than capable of taking care of herself. However, it is revealed in Shrek 2 that she's spent at least a few years of her life outside the tower (from Fiona's diary), which might be the time when she learned her skills. Another theory is that she could have been practicing in her room in the tower.
Near the end of the movie, when Shrek and Donkey are rushing to make the wedding, Shrek climbs up the chain to get on Dragon. Previously, it has been assumed that Dragon then flies off, but if you look closely, Dragon lifts Donkey onto her back with her paw, and Donkey is present at all times.
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Shrek makes jokes about Lord Farquaad's height even though he just learned of Farquaad's existence, and never saw him anywhere before except on a balcony. However, Donkey could have heard about Farquaad's height before, and told Shrek about it during their quest.
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Plot holes 

Farquaad does not seem to know where the fairy tale creatures are when he tortures the gingerbread man for information but he mutters 'indeed' when he hears Shrek telling him he dumped the fairy tale creatures on his property which could imply Farquaad did know where the fairy tale creatures were.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Shrek and Donkey visit the Mini-Theatre in DU-LOC it takes a photo of them. After taking the photo, Donkey turns his head little. But in the next shot, the head is at same pose as in the picture.
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During the campfire scene, with the shot that has Shrek looking at the camera, his left eye goes through the left eyelids.
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Geppetto and Peter Pan are seen selling Pinocchio and Tinker Bell but given they are also fairy tale beings they should have been arrested and rounded up as well.
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When donkey first meets Shrek, when Shrek confronts the knights, the shadows of the all people in the scene do not fall the same way, Shrek's shadow is casting more forward onto the leader knight, whereas the knight's shadows are off to their left.
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Spoilers

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The Three Blind Mice are turned into horses to pull the coach after the wedding reception, yet they are seen moments later dancing on the organ keys. A closer look reveals that there was a passage of time (perhaps a day) between these two shots.
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