New Delhi: Nothing less than a video would have done justice in honouring the silent era's greatest star - Charlie Chaplin. The Google doodle team has put up a video honouring the filmmaker and actor to celebrate his 122nd birthday.
The Google home page featured a YouTube video starring members of Google Doodle team enacting a Google-themed Chaplinesque scene. Google put up the Chaplin doodle a day ahead of the film legend's birthday.
Charlie Chaplin was born on 16 April 1889 in London. He began his career in the entertainment industry as a child actor on stage and got into the world of movies when he moved to the United States.
Though his first fim, Making a Living (1914), was not a great success, Chaplin's second film Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914) gave him the tramp image that would remain his trademark for many movies to come. The best of Chaplin came when he turned director. His most notable films include The Tramp (1915), The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), City Lights (1931). The Great Dictator (1940) was Chaplin's first full talkie. Chaplin was knighted in 1975 by Queen Elizabeth. He died on Christmas Day 1977.
The Google doodle had first gone interactive in May 2010 to celebrate the 30th birthday of the popular Pac-Man game. Then on October 8, 2010, Google celebrated John Lennon's birthday, a day in advance, with an innovative doodle that played a 32 second clip of Imagine, considered to be the singer-songwriter's most popular song.
For a dozen years, Google has been occasionally swapping its everyday logo for a doodle, a sketch celebrating holidays, inventions, artists and sporting events, and showcasing designs from contest-winning students.