Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat
It's entirely possible that some Icelanders were sitting around after a repast of lambakjot and lax, drinking brennevin in a cozy TV room filled with natural pine Danish Modern furniture smoking some cannabis and watching this old, now b& American 'toon and laughing their Viking asses off. In their "enhanced" state, they must have decided to completely steal the plot of this cartoon, changing the light skinned black woman into a pink-haired 9 year old white girl and changing the coal-black lazy-ass niggers into weird looking puppets. The only things they didn't change is the plot and the name of the town. It was seriously called "Lazy Town."
"Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat" opens to an orchestral rendition of Stephen Foster's "Old Folks At Home," immediately setting the scene in the rural South. The setting is Lazytown, perhaps the laziest place on earth. Neither the town's residents, who are all extremely lazy, black as night porch monkeys, nor the animals can be bothered to leave their reclining positions to do anything at all. Their pastoral existence is interrupted by the arrival of a riverboat carrying a svelte, sophisticated, light-skinned or, in the parlance of the American negro, a "high yellow" black woman from Harlem, whose hawtness inspires the entire populace of an all-African-American "Lazy Town" to spring into action.
The visiting urbanite admonishes one of the town's residents, "Look here, Mammy. That ain't no way to wash clothes! What you all need is rhythm!" She then proceeds to sing "Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat," a 1940 hit boogie-woogie song which the townfolk slowly join her in performing. Thus begins a montage which is the short's centerpiece. The townsfolk are infected by the song's rhythm and proceed to go about playing instruments, and dancing suggestively.
By the time the young light-skinned lady from Harlem is due to reboard her riverboat and return home, she's succeeded in turning a dark-skinned Lazytown into a lively community of swing musicians simply by singing. However, she could not convince them to work, just as Stephanie can't get the puppets of Lazy Town to exercise. C'est la vie. What could one expect?
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