Jacques Tati originally wrote the script for The Illusionist. It was a love letter from a father to his first daughter, but never got produced. Sylvain Chomet, director of The Triplets of Belleville / Les Triplettes de Belleville, adapted the script and once again used his own original animated style.
The true heart and core of Charlie Chaplin was - a clown - his gift of pantomime set him apart.
Chaplin the clown was also descendant of:
Joseph Grimaldi (pictured in the top right hand side)
Grimaldi was one of the greatest English pantomimes. He first appeared in England in 1805. His clown, called ‘Joey’, specialized in the classic physical tricks, tumbling, pratfalls, and slapstick.
He was known for his expressive face and body, and unique sense of comic timing. He performed in full-length pantomimes and developed the pantomime character of Clown. Grimaldi was famous and influential in his time. (sound familiar?:)
Another great influence on him at a very young age:
The impact upon him of working alongside the great but now forgotten Spanish clown/mime artist Marceline when he was 10 years old.
Also the history of his style:
Italian form of popular comedy characterized by improvisation and a collection of stock characters, flourishing 1550-1780.