Google has celebrated the 122 birthday of Sir Charles Spencer, better known as Charlie Chaplin with a feature not seen before – a video based Google Doodle filmed in black and white. The English comic actor is not only widely regarded as the biggest star of the silent film era but also as a highly talented film director and composer.
The traditional Google Logo has been replaced by a YouTube video showcasing a sketch in the style of Chaplin’s little tramp film, he is moved on by a policeman after accidentally throwing some food over him, a little bottom kicking later he stumbles into an artist painting the Google logo.
After destroying part of the logo he makes his apologies and continues onward. He meets a lady manning a cake stall, she is charging $1 for a muffin which Charlie doesn’t have so tries dancing his way to earn one to no avail. Suddenly he has a brainwave, nips back to the artist and pinches her painting. After returning to the toll booth he convinces the lady to let him man her stall and manages to get the policeman to purchase the artwork for $2 giving him enough money to buy a muffin and make good his deal with the stall owner. The short film finishes with Charlie toddling off down the street with his trademark cane kicking his heels in happiness.
Once the video ends the homepage refreshes with search results for ‘Charlie Chaplin’ as usually users click on the Doodle to retrieve this information. The infamous Charlie Chaplin was hugely recognisable with his oversized shoes and trousers and unmistakable toothbrush moustache.
Sir Charles Spencer died on 25th December 1977 in Switzerland, he was laid to rest in Corsier-Sur-Vevey Cemetery, Vaud. He was 88 when he died and April 16th would have been his 122 birthday, we think Google’s Doodle pays a fitting tribute to an Englishman who provided much joy and laughter to people all over the world, even if it is a day early.
Here is the video courtesy of YouTube:
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