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Under the Umbrella Tree

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Under the Umbrella Tree
Under the Umbrella Tree title card pic.png
Genre: Children
Family Entertainment
Running Time: 15 minutes (episodes)
30 minutes (specials)
Country: Canada
Release Date: 11 September 1986 - 20 June 1993
Network(s): CBC (Canada)
Disney Channel (U.S.)
Created by: Noreen Young
Distributed by: Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Seasons: 6
Episodes: 280 (270 episodes + 10 specials)

Under the Umbrella Tree is a 1986 Canadian live-action television series. It was created by Noreen Young (who also performed one of the puppets, Gloria Gopher) and co-produced by her company, Noreen Young Productions and CBC Television. It ran for six seasons, consisting of 270, 15-minute episodes and ten, half-hour specials, totaling 280 episodes.


Three anthropomorphic animals named Jacob Bluejay, Iggy Iguana, and Gloria Gopher are roommates with a young woman named Holly Higgins. They live in a large, two-story house where the titular umbrella tree is. Each of the episodes finds the animal characters experiencing a wide variety of topics and life lessons, such as the use of imagination, having respect for others' space, and responsibility, among others.

Why It Rocks

  1. The unforgettable theme song is not only upbeat but smooth at the same time.
  2. The episodes' stories are written well and do a bang-up job in teaching the lessons provided.
  3. Many of the main characters, as well as many others, are not only memorable but lovable as well.
  4. Performances by not only the human actors, but also the puppeteers and puppets are believable and convincing enough.
  5. The specials are an extra special treat and just as good as the shorter episodes.
  6. The puppets' designs look well-constructed.
  7. The set design of the interior of the main characters' house looks professionally and plentifully built.
  8. In 2020, Holly and the animals made a surprise comeback in the 5-minute short, "The Mask Special", about the importance of wearing masks for protection from COVID-19.
  9. It is among the most enjoyable kids' shows ever made, appealing enough not only for kids, but adults as well.
  10. It is less predictable in its structure.
  11. Plenty of funny moments.
  12. Overall, it's plain wholesome.

Bad Quality

  1. Some may find the chatty Chuck Chickadee and his family annoying at times.



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