Yeah there films were great. There was also Charles Bower who made a lot of stop-motion with objects/puppets and himself. I haven't really been able to find much of his work. You can check out some clips here:
The clips are slapstick and absurd at times.
There is a DVD of his work, but it is selling on Amazon for $183.99
Hello! Yes, Charles Bowers is an interesting figure isn't he. I've been digging about a little on the Intrawebs and I've found a Facebook group that has pooled quite a bit of information on him:
So interesting (and sad) that someone that had such a profound influence on stop-motion filmmaking seems to have been largely forgotten. I'd love to see more of his work, but $183 is a little out of my price range!
Cheers for the tip Andrew, I think I know what I'll be doing today now ;)