Charlie Chaplin Shout-Out

The original and his imitation.

As one of the most universally recognizable people of all time, Charlie Chaplin has been part of popular culture for over a hundred years now. Since he first appeared on screen in 1914, countless media references have been made to his "Little Tramp" character. Usually the shout-outs consist of one or more of these elements:
  • Iconic Outfit: Bowler hat, tiny black moustache, baggy pants, big shoes, wooden cane.
  • Silly Walk: A character will be seen twirling a cane and wiggling his nose. He will wobble around in a manner that seems to be a cross between a drunk and a penguin. Usually he will balance on one leg while holding on to his hat before taking a U-turn. Often combined with walking into the sunset.
  • A parody of a famous Chaplin scene. Can be Eating Shoes (The Gold Rush), getting stuck between large factory wheels (Modern Times) or sitting next to a little child (The Kid) or a dog (A Dog's Life) on a doorstep.

Examples can be found in:

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    Comic Books 
  • The Powerpuff Girls story "Drama-O-Rama" (DC, issue #48) has Sedsua staging a reality TV show in Townsville so she can rob the city blind while everyone hams it up for the cameras. A bank of TV monitors shows a number of Townsville notables doing their thing for the cameras; Charlie Chaplin is on one of the monitors.

    Comic Strips 
  • De Kiekeboes:
    • In "Kies Kiekeboe" a clip from A Dog's Life is shown on TV. Konstantinopel seats himself next to his dog and says: "I like a Chaplin movie more than [watching a political advertisement]."
    • In "Een Dagje Dédé" while Balthazar talks to the prison warden a photo of Chaplin in prison outfit can be seen on the wall. This is a reference to the Chaplin short The Adventurer (1917).

    Film 
  • In the film Benny & Joon, Johnny Depp's character, a silent film enthusiast and Cloud Cuckoolander, reenacts the 'bread roll dance' Chaplin does with his forks in The Gold Rush, among a few more of Chaplin's routines and mannerisms.
  • Zombieland briefly features a zombie Chaplin cosplayer once the main characters reach Hollywood.
  • The Professional: The little girl dresses up like him trying to make Léon guess who she is, but he fails to recognize any celebrity she portrays.
  • Shanghai Knights: The titular characters meet a little boy in 19th century London who introduces himself as Charlie Chaplin. Near the end of the film he travels along with them to the United States and puts a fake Chaplinesque moustache under his nose.
  • Mister Lonely: One of the lookalikes is dressed up like Chaplin.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The wheel chair patient in Little Britain is watching TV in one sketch and mentions "he loves Charlie Chaplin", though in reality he's not watching one of Chaplin's movies, but archive footage of Adolf Hitler.
  • In one episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Ashley dresses up like Chaplin for a costumed ball.
  • In the fourth Blackadder series, we learn that Edmund really, really hates Chaplin films, and of course, everyone else likes them. He sends Chaplin some hate mail, and the actor responds with a letter to General Melchett suggesting they have a big comedy film festival, with Edmund specifically requested for projectionist.
  • On Sesame Street, Sonia Manzano created a series of inserts in which she appeared as Chaplin.
  • According to actor Burgess Meredith, the Penguin's waddling walk on the 60s Batman show was modeled after Chaplin's Tramp walk.

    Music 
  • As early as the 1910s and 1920s, novelty songs were written about Chaplin.
  • Michael Jackson was a huge Chaplin fan and once dressed up like him for some publicity pictures. He also covered Chaplin's song "Smile".

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