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Hassan chop! Er, falls for a Paper-Thin Disguise

"Ali Baba Bunny" is a 1957 Merrie Melodies short (directed by Chuck Jones) involving Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck as they wind up inside the cave from "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" after taking a Wrong Turn at Albuquerque. Daffy's greed gets the best of him when he sees the cave's treasure, landing him in hot water with the cave's guard, Hassan. Bugs does his best to extricate Daffy from his troubles, despite Daffy's continual backstabbing attempts to seize all the treasure for himself.

The cartoon notably has the #35 spot on The 50 Greatest Cartoons list, and is also one of The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes.



  • "Arabian Nights" Days: One wrong turn at Albuquerque lands Bugs and Daffy in the middle of the treasure cave from Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
  • Benevolent Genie: The genie Daffy found was willing to do his bidding, but being benevolent doesn't stop him from being angry when Daffy tries stuffing him back in his lamp.
  • Bowdlerization: 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.
  • Catchphrase: "HASSAN CHOP!"
    • Could also count as Calling Your Attacks. Or perhaps, given that he's a Third-Person Person, it might be a declaration.
    • "Pismo Beach and all the clams we can eat!"
    • "Must have taken a wrong turn at Albuquerque."
  • Clam Trap: At the end, a shrunken Daffy is trapped inside a clam.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Daffy dismisses the genie's threats, and suffers for it.
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  • Furry Reminder: "What a way for a duck to travel: underground!"
  • Genie in a Bottle:
    • Bugs disguises himself as a genie at one point.
    • Daffy discovers a real genie when he tries to polish up an old lamp for a quick four bits.
  • Gold Fever: Who else but Daffy? "It's mine, y'unnerstand, mine! Get back in there! Go go go! Down down down! Miiiiiiine!!"
  • Grail in the Garbage: Daffy doesn't realize that a magic lamp is worth more than any of the riches in the cave.
  • Hat Damage: Daffy gets his miner's cap chopped neatly in two by Hassan's scimitar, including the diamond on it and one of his feathers.
  • Ignored Aesop: A shrunken Daffy did not learn his lesson.
    Daffy: I'm rich! I'm a happy miser!
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: Daffy's fate at the end is to be shrunk to minuscule size by a vengeful genie.
  • Leitmotif: The classic song "We're in the Money" (from the Warner Bros.. musical Gold Diggers of 1933) plays in the background twice in the short. Daffy even sings the ditty to himself at one point.
  • Mistaken for Servant: Daffy sees Hassan and thinks he's a hotel bellhop (a "redcap"). He asks for a cab and promises him a big tip. Hassan lets him have it with his scimitar instead.
  • No-Neck Chump: Hassan is a torso with a face attached.
  • Open Sesame:
    • Hassan struggles to remember the password to the treasure cave at one point (similar to what Cassim did). "Open, sarsaparilla? Open, Saskatchewan? Open, saddle soap?"
    • At the end, Bugs says "Close, Sesame" to make a clam close with Daffy inside.
  • Perplexing Pearl Production: Bugs finds a pearl in one of his clams, which is immediately claimed by Daffy.
  • Pooled Funds: Daffy, and then Hassan, dive into the treasure.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Bugs wisely decides to high-tail it after Daffy makes the genie angry.
  • Shout-Out: Bugs, disguised as a genie in a bottle, greets Hassan with "Me genie, the light brown hare".
  • Tempting Fate: Daffy dismissing an angry genie, daring him to do his worst "so long as I'm rich."
  • Too Dumb to Live: Daffy's reckless greed imperils him at several points. The dumbest is probably his paranoia getting the better of him and trying to shove a powerful genie back into his lamp.
  • Treasure Is Bigger in Fiction: The treasure cave has some very large gems. The one Daffy steals near the end is almost as big as him.
  • Tropical Epilogue: Bugs finally makes it to Pismo Beach.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Daffy mocks Bugs' faux spell, instead of thanking the rabbit for saving him from Hassan's wrath.
  • With Friends Like These...: With as much clear hostility and animosity between Bugs and Daffy, one really has to wonder why they're spending their vacation together, though at least some of it can be attributed to Daffy getting Gold Fever at the sight of the treasure cave.
  • Word Schmord: "Consequences schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich."
  • Wrong Turn at Albuquerque: Done by the Trope Namer himself.


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