The Big Snooze begins like many other Looney Tunes animated shorts featuring Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny, with the determined hunter being continually outsmarted by the wise-cracking rabbit. However, things take an unexpected turn when, after Bugs leads him over the edge of a cliff one time too many, Elmer up and quits the cartoon, since he's tired of always losing. He tears up his contract and, despite the pleas of Bugs Bunny, who can't believe Elmer's breaking up the act, heads off for a long vacation -- "nothing but fishing for me, and no more wabbits." But Bugs refuses to let him alone, secretly following him on his trip. When Elmer falls asleep at his fishing rod, Bugs strikes, not by attacking the sleeping fisherman, but by falling asleep himself in order to sneak into Elmer's dream. Once inside his head, Bugs splatters Elmer's peaceful dream with nightmare paint, leading to a surrealistic sequence where Elmer is attacked by "billions and twillions" of rabbits; later he is forcibly dressed in drag and chased by wolves. This was director Robert Clampett's final film for Warner Brothers, a fact which gives the jokes about Elmer's "contract with Mr. Warner" added zing.
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