Charlie Chaplin has today been honoured with a Video Google Doodle, to celebrate the comedian’s 122nd birthday.

The Charlie Chaplin film clip is currently showing on a few Google sites around the world including New Zealand and India but some believe the Chaplin Doodle might soon go global.

The black and white silent film is featuring the Google team in a typical Charlie Chaplin comedy routine, complete with mime and slapstick humour.

Watch the Charlie Chaplin Google Doodle here.


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Legendary Charlie Chaplin was born on April 16 1889 in London.

Chaplin began acting as a child when he moved to the United States.

It was in Chaplin’s second film, Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914) that he debuted the tramp character which would become his enduring trademark.

When Chaplin turned to directing his most iconic films were produced, including The Tramp, The Kid, The Gold Rush and City Lights.

Chaplin was knighted in 1975 by Queen Elizabeth and died on Christmas Day 1977.

A Google Doodle is a term created to describe the decorative changes to the Google logo, which is marking special events on the search engine site.

Talking about how the Google Doodle came about, Google’s Doodle Team Creative Lead Ryan Germick, told My Central Jersey.

“The first Google Doodle was the “burning man’ logo to show that (Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin) were going away.”

“It’s a tradition that was born out of that, and after users responded well to that, we found a way to … bring it into our company’s identity.”

He also explained how the team come up with their Google Doodles.

“We like the serendipity of doodles. If something fun comes up that we think our users will be excited about and that we find really exciting, we (will) run (it),” he said.

Other recent Google Doodles include the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s space visit, as well as a steam locomotive to celebrate steam engine pioneer Trevithick’s 240th birthday.