The title and story are a very loose parody of the tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
In the middle of the Arabian Desert, a rich Sultan has stored all his treasure in a cave, the door of which he closes with the command "Close, Sesame." He leaves a burly, dimwitted guard named Hassan to watch the cave, ordering him to let nobody enter, or else he will be punished. As the Sultan leaves on his tiny camel, the trail of a burrowing rabbit crosses the desert towards the cave. Hassan spots the burrow tunneling under the entrance of the cave and attempts to chase out the intruders, but finds he cannot remember the command to open the door again, trying "Open, sarsaparilla", "Open, Saskatchewan", "Open, septuagenarian", "Open, saddle soap" and so on. Hassan noticeably loses his fierceness and appears dumbfounded when he struggles to remember the proper command, until he correctly guesses it, to which he immediately regains his toughness and bellows out his usual favorite saying; "HASSAAAN CHOP!"
Inside the cave, Bugs Bunny and his traveling companion Daffy Duck emerge from the burrow, believing they have arrived at Pismo Beach "and all the clams we can eat," but having once again missed that important left turn at "Alba-koi-kee". Daffy complains about having to travel underground, "What a way for a duck to travel; underground!" Seeing that they're not at the right place he gripes, "Hey, wait a minute! Since when is Pismo Beach inside a cave?" He is soon silenced when he spots the mound of treasure. Determined to keep it all for himself, he stomps repeatedly on Bugs to force him back into the burrow. "It's mine, you understand?! Mine! All mine! Get back in there! Down, down, down! Go, go, go! Mine, mine, mine! Mwahahahahahaha!" He dives into the treasure pile with whoops of delight to the tune of the song "We're in the Money". "I'm rich! I'm wealthy! Yahoo! I'm comfortably well off."
Outside the cave, Hassan eventually says the correct command to open the door and storms in to deal with the intruders. He is met by Daffy, who is wheeling a trolley full of loot. Daffy, believing him to be a Redcap, addresses him as "Boy" and asks him to call a cab. In response, Hassan brings his sword down on Daffy's head, splitting in half both the diamond-adorned hat he is wearing and a single upstanding hair underneath. Daffy, clearly amazed that he has not been cut in half himself, flees in terror and uses a large gem to try bribing Bugs into saving him, but Bugs simply tosses Daffy's gem aside, only concerned with dusting himself off from the earlier abuse.
Hassan rushes towards them both, sword raised, with the cry of "HASSAAAN CHOP!" Daffy tells Hassan to chop the rabbit instead, but Bugs has already concocted a plan. He has squeezed into a tiny glass bottle, proclaiming himself to be a genie and offering Hassan a rich reward for releasing him. Hassan is fooled and shakes Bugs out of the bottle, though Daffy isn't, saying "He's lying! Chop him, chop him!" In return, Bugs rewards Hassan by proclaiming him the new owner of the treasure, performing his "magic" to do so with a bizarre "iggity-aggity-oop" dance and chant. Daffy sardonically mocks Bugs for allowing Hassan access to the treasure he wanted for himself.
Later, outside the cave, Bugs surveys the desert and concludes that he has indeed come to the wrong place. A scream comes from the cave as Daffy runs out carrying an enormous diamond, with the enraged Hassan in hot pursuit shrieking "HASSAAAN CHOP!" Daffy begs Bugs to save him, and this time Bugs reluctantly complies while berating Daffy for his greed. He sets up an Indian rope trick behind a rock, and when Hassan finds him, tells him that Daffy climbed up the rope. As Hassan disappears into the clouds, Bugs pulls the rope down, and, as with some variants of the fabled trick, Hassan has disappeared completely. With the coast clear, Daffy runs back to the cave to claim the treasure saying, "I'm rich! I'm wealthy! I'm independent! I'm socially secure!"
Some time later, Daffy has emptied the cave of treasure and is taking one last look around for any missed trinkets. He spots an old oil lamp and rubs the dust off it. A genie emerges from the lamp, but Daffy thinks the genie is after the treasure and proceeds to stomp him back into the lamp like he did with Bugs earlier, "Oh, no you don't! You want my treasure! Well, it's mine, understand?! All mine! Down! Down! Go! Go! Mine!" The furious genie erupts from the lamp, declaring Daffy will suffer the consequences for "desecrating the Spirit of the Lamp," and Bugs, knowing that nothing can save Daffy now, is so terrified that he utters a frightened Yipe and hurriedly escapes via burrow. Daffy dismissively tells the genie, "Consequences, schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich!" but the genie zaps Daffy with magic bolts from his fingertips.
Much later, Bugs has finally made it to Pismo Beach and, while tucking into the area's famous clams, casually wonders how Daffy's encounter with the genie worked out. Opening one clam and discovering a pearl inside, he soon finds out; Daffy, shrunk to a few inches in height, emerges from Bugs' burrow trail in the sand and claims the pearl for his own, "It's mine, you understand? Mine! Mine! All mine! Go! Go! Go! Do you hear me? Out! Out Out! Mine! Mine! Mine! There's only enough for me! I'm rich! I'm a happy miser!" Bugs closes the clam on the greedy duck, saying "Close, sesame."
Pop Culture References
- In the English dub of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime, there is an episode where one of the main characters, Joey Wheeler, is transformed into the Duel Monster, Flame Swordsman. During a scene in which he swings his sword to destroy a rival creature, he accompanies it with the cry of "HASSAAAN CHOP!" parodying this film.
- In the comic series Cable and Deadpool, Deadpool exclaims "Mine mine all mine! Pismo Beach here I come!" while fighting over a hard drive with the Mutant Senyaka, a clear reference to the cartoon.
- During his SportsCenter tenure, Rich Eisen would occasionally use the "Hassan chop!" phrase when a highlight showed a baseball player tossing his bat in disgust.
- In the animated show Robot Chicken, a rap battle is held between Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. At one point Bugs asks Daffy where the stage is to which Daffy replies by pointing to a sign. The sign reads "Pismo Beach" with a directional arrow and "the stage" on a sign below it with a directional arrow.
- When shown on the syndicated Merrie Melodies Show and CBS's Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show, the part where Hassan slices Daffy's hat in half with his sword was cut.
- The film was edited into two of the Looney Tunes feature films:
- Minus the opening credit scene, it was used in The Bugs Bunny Road-Runner Movie. When introducing the short, Bugs states how travelling alone can be boring and while he'd rather travel with "some foxy rabbit chick", he often found himself travelling with Daffy Duck while using a rather flowery description for Daffy.
- It was also used in Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales, but some of the scenes were altered and cut out. For example, the scene where Daffy angers a genie has been altered to make it look like Bugs is absent and to have Daffy get zapped and chased out of the caves instead of being shrunken down.
- In 1994 it was voted #35 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field.
- Several lines spoken by Daffy—among them "Mine mine mine!", "I can't help it, I'm a greedy slob—it's my hobby" and "I'm rich—I'm a happy miser!"—have become popular catch phrases amongst fans and students of Chuck Jones' style of animation and fans of Daffy Duck as well; the line "HASSAAAN CHOP!" has also become a favorite quote.
- Hassan re-appeared as the Arabian Era boss character in the video game Bugs Bunny and Taz: Time Busters with the name 'Babba Chop'. He is less obese than he appeared in this short, and also has a beard and waist-jacket in the game. When Daffy finds himself in the Babba's Cave, all of the lines he speaks are taken from this short, with the exception of asking Babba where the exit was, only Daffy's quote of response to Babba's directive is "Take that as a NO!"
- "Ali Baba Bunny" at B99.TV
- "Ali Baba Bunny" at SuperCartoons.net
- "Ali Baba Bunny" at the SFX Resource Wiki
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