Google Doodle celebrates Charlie Chaplin

15 Apr 2011

Internet search giant Google is tipping its hat to what would have been actor Charlie Chaplin’s 122nd birthday, with a Google Doodle.

A black-and-white video above the search box on Google’s homepage plays homage to the silent screen-era comic actor, who was born 16 April 1889 in Walworth, London, UK.

The two-minute and eight-second clip features actors engaged in a variety of mishaps, complete with Chaplin’s trademark slapstick comedy.

Google places Google Doodles – reworked Google logos – on its homepage to mark significant historical dates, most recently the 50th anniversary of the first human space flight by Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin. At one time the Doodles were mainly static images, but the Chaplin tribute adds to Google’s burgeoning animated and interactive logos.

Previous animated Google Doodles include the ‘animated particles’ Doodle and the Doodle that marked former Beatle John Lennon‘s 70th birthday.

Chaplin died on Christmas Day 1977, at the age of 88, in Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland. He formed a connection with Ireland during his life, having been a regular visitor to Waterville, Co Kerry, where a statue now stands in his honour.

Watch the Google Doodle video in honour of Charlie Chaplin’s 122nd birthday here:

Google Doodle honours Charlie Chaplin 

Tina Costanza