It’s the 1930s, and while elsewhere in the world evil people are poring over maps with plans for plunder and dreams of conquest, cartography is serving a more benign purpose in Harlem, New York City. This Night-Club Map of Harlem is a chart of the fun to be had in the cultural capital of black America, circa 1932.
This is basically two jazz-inclined musical shorts in one. First is a swingin’ rendition of “The House That Jack Built” boasting imaginative animation in which the writing of a word turns into its meaning (such as “cow” turning into a cow, and so on). Second and longer is “Old McDonald Had a Band”, where instrument sounds replace the traditional barnyard noises. With the exception of his displeased wife, Old Mac’s family all jams on musical instruments, even the pets.
If you have never heard of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and you are not from the island of Britannia then you may be forgiven. The Bonzo’s sound could be described as lounge punk funk jazz teapot music but thats barely scratching the surface. Ladypeople and gentledudes I present for your: ear-holes, cake-holes and casseroles… Big Shot.