|The Big Snooze|
The title was inspired by the 1939 book The Big Sleep, and its 1946 film adaptation, also a Warner release.
Bugs and Elmer are in the midst of their usual hunting-chasing scenario. Elmer angrily quits, because he feels the writers will not "allow him" to catch Bugs.
So Elmer decides to go fishing instead, thinking that he will not be around anymore rabbits (including Bugs). But he was wrong, as Bugs follows Elmer to his fishing spot and sees him sleeping.
Bugs worms his way into Elmer's dream, (a by-product of Elmer's nap) with sleeping pills in order to torment the inept hunter with nightmare imagery; Bugs chooses 'zillions of red and yellow wabbits' to start off the agony. Later, Bugs runs Elmer over with a "train" made of rabbits.
Elmer's failed pursuit of the "wabbit" through the surreal landscape, as well as down connected rabbit holes, allows Bugs to dress Elmer in drag (wig, dress, lipstick et al.), making Elmer look like Rita Hayworth.
Bugs inspects his handiwork, then introduces Elmer to a trio of (literal) wolves, lounging by the sign at Hollywood and Vine. Upon noticing "Elmer", one wolf cries out ("how ooooold is she?"), right before another wolf begins flirting with Elmer. The latter causing the gender-morphed Elmer to exclaim "Gwacious!", and flee from the wolves, pausing long enough to ask the audience, "Have any of you giwls evew had an expewience wike this?".
In an attempt to "help", Bugs persuades Elmer to follow a mad dash towards stage right, as Bugs plays the old gag "run 'this way'!", putting Elmer through a bizarre series of steps which include him running on his feet and on his hair, hopping like a frog, as well as Russian folk dancing (Hey!).
Bugs and Elmer jump off the edge of the dreamscape. During the descent, Bugs drinks some "Hare Tonic - Stops Falling Hare" and screeches to a halt. The dream-Elmer lands roughly back in his own body and awakens. Elmer swiftly returns his job back at Warner Bros. Bugs happily speaks the catchphrase from the "Beulah" character on the radio show Fibber McGee and Molly, "I love dat man!"
- (1986) VHS - Viddy-Oh! For Kids Cartoon Festivals: Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd Cartoon Festival Featuring "Wabbit Twouble"
- (1988) VHS - Cartoon Moviestars: Bugs vs. Elmer
- (1988) VHS, LaserDisc - Cartoon Moviestars: Cartoons for Big Kids
- (1990) VHS - Bugs Bunny Collection: Bugs Bunny's Greatest Hits
- (1992) LaserDisc - The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Vol. 1, Side 4: Bob Clampett
- (1992) VHS - The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Vol. 4: Bob Clampett
- (1996) VHS - Looney Tunes Collection - Further Adventures of Elmer Fudd
- (2004) DVD - Night and Day (1995 Turner dubbed version)
- (2004) DVD - Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2, Disc One (restored, with DVNR)
- (2005) DVD - Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3, Disc 2, through What's Up Doc: A Salute to Bugs Bunny (restored with DVNR, same print as Golden Collection: Volume 2)
- (2014) Blu-ray, DVD - Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 3, Disc 1 (remastered, without DVNR)
- (2014) DVD - Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection: Volume 8 Disc 1
- (2017) Streaming - Boomerang
- (2020) Streaming - HBO Max (remastered, without DVNR)
- The scene of Bugs taking a sleeping pill (from a bottle labeled, "Sleeping Pills: Take Dese and Doze") to invade Elmer's dream was originally edited out when shown on most TV channels (particularly the Ted Turner-owned cable networks TBS, TNT, and Cartoon Network, but there have been cases of this cartoon appearing edited on local TV stations [both affiliates and independent stations]). The scene was most often deleted with a jump cut or, as on the Ted Turner-owned networks, with a fake black-out. In 2001, "The Big Snooze" was shown uncut on Cartoon Network's The Bob Clampett Show and has been shown uncut ever since, both on Cartoon Network and its spin-off channel, Boomerang.
- The question of whether or not any of the girls in the audience have to put up with what was going on in a scene was later used in "Hare Splitter".
- Elmer tears up his contract with Warner Bros. and leaves. This was the last cartoon directed by Robert Clampett in production order before he left Warner Bros. As such, Clampett is not credited.
- The opening sequence, in which Bugs traps Elmer inside a log and rolls it toward a cliff each time Elmer tries to exit, reuses the animation from the 1941 Tex Avery cartoon "All This and Rabbit Stew". Instead of Elmer, though, the previous film features a black hunter chasing Bugs. Elmer was simply drawn in over the animation of the black hunter, right down to the same body poses and facial expressions.
- Backgrounds from "A Wild Hare" were reused in this cartoon.
- In the sequence where Bugs ties Elmer to the railroad tracks and pretends to run him over with a train, Elmer's cries of "Oh, agony, agony, agony!" are provided by Mel Blanc instead of Arthur Q. Bryan.
- As Bugs is pleading with Elmer not to quit, he turns to the audience and comments, "'Bette Davis' is gonna hate me for this." Davis, at the time, was going through a well-publicized legal battle with Warner Bros. trying to get out of her contract.[citation needed|date=]
- After the dream, Elmer arrives back at the log in a rush and the pieces of contract blow about in the air. A nearly off-screen Bugs on the left looks like he mouths his catchphrase, "Ehhhh, What's up Doc?", but there is no sound.
- The Polish dubbing version has the 1946-55 version of The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down opening music theme replaced with the 1945-46 opening theme.
- The copyright was renewed in 1973.
- Contrary to popular belief, Bob left before the cartoon was finished. He wrote the story and began directing it but left mid way. Art Davis took over and finished what needed to be done and threw out everything else Clampett had planned. Clampett wouldn't see the cartoon until decades later.
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