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In Shrek 2, Fairy Godmother appears at Fiona’s balcony for the first time in a magical bubble in the exact same way Glinda the Good Witch greets Dorothy in Munchkinland in The Wizard of Oz.

Fiona being greeted by Fairy Godmother in a bubble on her balcony; Dorothy being greeted by Glinda the Good Witch in a pink bubble in Oz

DreamWorks Pictures / MGM


In Shrek 2, when Puss in Boots is having a glass of milk at the bar, he quotes another famous orange cat who always goes through a hard time: Garfield!

Puss in Boots saying: "I hate Mondays;" Garfield saying "I hate Mondays"

DreamWorks Pictures / 20th Century Fox


And in the same movie, when Shrek and Fiona are sleeping in her childhood bedroom, you’ll notice one of her band posters is verrrry similar to an iconic pose Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin did back in the ’70s.

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant performing back to back in concert in the '70s

DreamWorks Pictures / Laurance Ratner / Getty Images


At the end of the first Shrek movie, when Dragon breaks through the glass window of the church, scoops up Lord Farquaad by the mouth, and eats him, she’s mirroring a famous death scene from Jurassic Park.

Dragon breaking through the church glass window and eating Lord Farquaad by the mouth; the t-rex in Jurassic Park scooping the lawyer by the mouth off the toilet and eating him

DreamWorks Pictures / Universal Pictures


In Shrek 2, when Donkey feels the effect of the Happily Ever After potion come over him, he references Fred Sanford’s infamous “heart attack” line from Sanford and Son.

Donkey fainting near the rain: "I'm comin', Elizabeth!;" Fred Sanford holding his hand to his chest: "This is the big one -- I'm dying! You hear that, Elizabeth? I'm comin' to join you, honey!"

DreamWorks Pictures / NBC


Remember the dinner scene in Shrek 2, when Shrek, Fiona, and the rest of the family yell each other’s names in the quickest and most hilarious way? Well…

The cast of "Shrek 2" yelling each other's names: "Shrek! Fiona! Mom! Harold! Donkey!"

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It’s an homage to the scene from The Rocky Horror Picture Show when Brad, Janet, and the rest of the gang shout each other’s names in the lab.

The cast of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" yelling each other's names: "Dr. Scott! Janet! Brad! Rocky! Janet! Dr. Scott!"

20th Century Fox


In Shrek, when Fiona defends herself against the merry men in the woods and jumps in the air, she copies Trinity’s iconic move from The Matrix when she fights the police officer.

Fiona jumping in the air in the middle of the woods; Trinity jumping in the air in front of the police officer

DreamWorks Pictures / Warner Bros.


In Shrek, when Shrek congratulates Donkey for running across the unbalanced bridge with lava underneath it, he’s actually quoting Arthur Hoggett’s infamous line to Babe from the end of Babe.

Shrek to Donkey: "That'll do, Donkey. That'll do;" Arthur to Babe: "That'll do, pig. That'll do"

DreamWorks Pictures / Universal Pictures


In Shrek 2, when Shrek and Donkey are trying to escape from the police, they make a subtle reference to the infamous O.J. Simpson white bronco chase from 1994.

Shrek 2 voiceover: "We got a white bronco heading east into the forest -- requesting backup;" Voiceover from ABC News: "He's in the number three lane, and he's going 30 miles an hour"

DreamWorks Pictures / ABC News / Via


At the end of the first Shrek movie, they completely mirror the fairy-tale ending to 1950’s Cinderella — brown leather book and all.

"Shrek" and "Cinderella" ending in fairytale book that read: "And they lived ugly/happily ever after"

DreamWorks Pictures / Disney


In Shrek 2, when Fairy Godmother, Prince Charming, and Harold stop at a “Fat Boy” drive-thru restaurant, they give a nod to the Big Boy restaurant (a place that’s notoriously featured in another iconic Mike Meyers movie series: Austin Powers).

Fairy Godmother's carriage leaving behind magical dust in front of the "Fat Boy;" still from "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" of the swinging '60s with the Fat Boy symbol on top of the club

DreamWorks Pictures / New Line Cinema


When Fiona sings to the blue bird in the tree in the first movie, she’s mimicking the same princess-like singing montage Snow White does in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Fiona singing to a blue bird in the woods; Snow White singing to a blue bird in the woods

DreamWorks Pictures / Disney


In Shrek 2, when Gingy, Shrek, and the Muffin Man create a giant gingerbread man (aka Mongo) to destroy the Fairy Godmother, and Gingy yells “It’s alive!” (just like Henry Frankenstein does after creating Frankenstein’s monster in 1931’s Frankenstein).

Gingy screaming: "It's alive!;" Frankenstein screaming in the lab: "It's alive! Now I know what it feels like to be God!"

DreamWorks Pictures / Universal Pictures


In Shrek the Third, after Queen Lillian (aka Julie Andrews) uses her head to smash the brick wall, you can hear her humming “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “My Favorite Things.” Andrews sings these two legendary songs in her two most popular movies: Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music.

Queen Lillian dizzily humming "A Spoonful of Sugar" and "My Favorite Things" to Fiona; Mary Poppins singing "A Spoonful of Sugar" to the children in the play room; Maria singing "My Favorite Things" to the children in bed

DreamWorks Pictures / Disney / 20th Century Fox


At the end of the first Shrek movie, when Gingy wobbles on a candy cane and says to the camera: “God bless us, every one,” he’s referencing Tiny Tim’s legendary movie quote from Scrooge (and from the Charles Dickens book A Christmas Carol).

Gingy wobbling on one gingerbread leg, saying: "God bless us, every one!;" Tiny Tim holding a glass, saying: "God bless us, every one"

DreamWorks Pictures / Renown Pictures


In Shrek the Third, when Shrek has a nightmare about all of the mini ogre children he’s going to have, the stroller from the horror movie Rosemary’s Baby creepily rolls into the swamp.

Shrek creeped out by the mysterious stroller that appeared in his swamp; the movie poster for "Rosemary's Baby"

DreamWorks Pictures / LMPC


In Shrek the Third, when the students arrive at the academy “stoned” with smoke coming out of their van, it’s an homage to Fast Times at Ridgemont High, when Spicoli and his friends arrive late to school because they’re smoking.

Students from "Shrek the Third" saying: "Don't burn all my frankincense and myrrh!"

DreamWorks Pictures / Universal Pictures


And during the honeymoon montage in Shrek 2, Fiona kisses Shrek as he’s hanging upside-down, just like Mary Jane does to Spider-Man in Spider-Man.

Fiona kissing Shrek upside down with mud on his face; Mary Jane kissing Spider-Man upside down while it's raining

DreamWorks Pictures / Columbia Pictures / Courtesy of Everett Collection

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