Beatless Nick is a 1950's UPA style animated short about a little beatnik with no sense of rhythm. Nick searches for his cool so he can fit in with the other Beats. In a basement jazz club, Nick tries to impress his friends by performing poetry, jazz, and even interpretive dance, but his attempts do nothing but empty the club. Just when Nick is about to give up and move to Squaresville, he accidently discovers a talent for scatting. The Beats love it and Nick finds his cool in his own beatless way. He may stick out like a sore thumb, but that's because Nick always marches to the beat of his own drum.