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Charlie Chaplin’s animated afterlife.

Charlie Chaplin’s animated afterlife. (photo)

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Even within his own lifetime, Charlie Chaplin’s iconic presence went way beyond his personal control. There were imitators (one of which he sued) and rip-offs abroad in films like the intriguing-sounding 1924 Bulgarian comedy “Charlie Chaplin on Mount Vitosha,” in which Vasil Bakardzhiev play “Charli Chaplin.”

But Chaplin estate’s been really good about protecting the prints and image of the man, keeping his memory well burnished. Until now? Today it was announced that Chaplin’s going to be resurrected in CGI form by an Indian animation company.

The eight million euro project will consist of 104 six-minute shorts, which seems like more than enough faux-Chaplin to go around, and just an odd choice for children’s entertainment. Though it’s not like Chaplin is an unknown presence in Indian film: in November, Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor incarnated the silent star in a comedy, and as far back as the ’50s Indian actors were feeling his influence. Chaplin might be a little more enduringly popular in India than America.

A little crass? Maybe, but at least it’s far short of the late Fred Astaire being used to hawk Dirt Devils. For sheer animated desecration, you really have to turn back to the ’70s and the short-lived “Baggy Pants & the Nitwits.” The character of “Baggy Pants” was totally Chaplin, reincarnated as a creepy cat with a mustache. Not only that, but he had the indignity of alternating segments with “The Nitwits,” based on “Laugh-In” characters.

[Photo: “The Kid,” Warner Home Video, 1921]

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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