"The Big Snooze" is a 1946 Looney Tunes cartoon, directed by Bob Clampett, starring Bugs Bunny. In this one, Elmer is chasing Bugs, as usual — but Elmer decides he's tired of being the Butt-Monkey, tears up his Warner Bros. contract, and quits the cartoon business. Elmer is happily snoozing under a tree when Bugs, panicked at losing his partner, decides to invade Elmer's dream to get Elmer to come back to work.
The last cartoon Bob Clampett made for Warners, and the last one he ever made to be released. One of The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes.
- Animated Actors: Elmer is a contract player for Warner Bros.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: In Elmer's dream, Bugs dresses him up as a sexy woman. The wolves on Hollywood and Vine are attracted to him.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor, Elmer Fudd tears up his contract, and decides to give up wabbit hunting in favor of fishing. Bugs decides to invade Elmer's dream and splash loud, clashy colors into Elmer's dream to persuade him to come back. After a train of rabbits runs over him, Bugs putting a dress on him and the wolves chasing him while Bugs and Elmer do the cossack dance before Elmer falls off the cliff and wakes up, putting his contract back together and saying "Oh, Mr. Warner, I'm ba-ack!" in a singsong voice.
- In real life, Bob Clampett's animation style, which was quite innovative for 1946, diverged from that of his contemporaries, Friz Freleng and Chuck Jones, and he was ready to take on new challenges in animation, so Clampett (via Elmer Fudd) took this chance to say goodbye to Warner Bros., in defiance of his colleagues' attempts to dissuade him from it.
- Bowdlerization: During the sequence where Bugs finds Elmer asleep next to a tree, the part where Bugs takes out a bottle of sleeping pills and ingests them so he can invade Elmer's dream was often edited out on a lot of American TV airings (with a quick black out from Bugs saying "Hey, I better look into this!" to Bugs asleep next to the tree), specifically in syndication and on the Ted Turner-owned networks TNTnote and Cartoon Network (though, thanks to the short-lived series, The Bob Clampett Show, the cartoon now runs uncensored).
- Breaking the Fourth Wall
- "Bette Davis is going to hate me for this", said by Bugs as he's begging Elmer to stay. Davis was at the time fighting with Warner Brothers to get out of her contract.
- After Elmer, dressed as a woman, is chased by the wolves in his dream, he looks at the audience (the theater audience, since Elmer is looking down) and says "Have any of you girls ever had an expewience like this?"
- Chained to a Railway: Parodied. Elmer is tied to the tracks by Bugs Bunny and the "Super Chief" runs right over him — the "Super Chief" being a long line of little bunnies following Bugs, who's wearing a feathered headdress.
- Deranged Animation: Like all of the best Bob Clampett cartoons, there's little care given to keeping characters on model, the animators instead opting to draw the characters however they see fit in any given scene to fit the emotion.
- Disney Acid Sequence: Elmer's weird, surreal dream, as created by Bugs.
- Dream Walker: Bugs, seeing that Elmer is having a quiet, peaceful dream, takes some sleeping pills so he can fall asleep and enter Elmer's dream, to ruin it.
- Dream Sequence: Bugs jumps into Elmer's dreams.
- Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Three times, Bugs tricks Elmer into running through a hollow log and off a cliff. Three times, Elmer is able to scramble back after realizing he's standing on thin air. After the third time, he quits.
- Medium Awareness: Bugs and Elmer know they are making a cartoon. Elmer quits the business.
- Metaphoric Metamorphosis: Elmer repeatedly changes into a "sucker" (that is, a lollipop) after Bugs gets him to run through the log and off the cliff.
- Opinion-Changing Dream: Elmer's nightmare makes him go back to work.
- Rage Quit: Elmer rips up his contract and quits the cartoon after one too many times being beaten by Bugs.
- Rule of Three: After the third time Bugs gets Elmer to run off the cliff, Elmer has had enough.
- That Russian Squat Dance: Part of the Walk This Way gag that Bugs gets Elmer to do.
- Walk This Way: When Elmer is fleeing form the wolves in his dream, he finds Bugs, who says "Quick, run this way!" and then does a ridiculous dance. Elmer copies him exactly.
- World of Pun: This is a Bugs Bunny cartoon, after all.
- "Sleeping Pills: Take Dese and Dose."
- "Hare Tonic: Stops Falling Hare."