Chip the Wooden Man would fit perfectly in the Marvelous Land of Oz. However, he wasn’t an L. Frank Baum character, but was the creation of Kinex Studios of Hollywood, California. The studio, headed by Elmer and Frank Young, produced a series of stop-motion puppet film between 1927-1930 solely for sale to the home movie market. Hugh Harman and Rudolph Ising contributed stories to Kinex, and the films themselves have now garnered a cult following.
Tom Stathes posted this clip online (embed below), to give you a taste:
For more information on Kinex, read the essay by Stuart McKissick enclosed in liner notes booklet of the must-have Thunderbean dvd Stop-Motion Marvels. Animation art dealer Mike Van Eaton came into a cache of rare Kinex publicity photos. I’ve posted the ones from the Chip films below (if you like them, I have more stills from the other two Kinex series Snap, the Gingerbread Man and Daffy Doings in Doodlebugville, to post at another time). These still photos are delightful, and show how much detail and work went into these little films. Click thumbnails to enlarge.