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The main cast. From left to right: Gloria Gopher, Holly Higgins, Iggy Iguana and Jacob Bluejay.

Status: Partially Lost


Under the Umbrella Tree (Sous l’arbre parasol in the French dub) was a Canadian children's television series that originally aired on CBC from 1986 to 1993 for 280 episodes, which also reran in the United States on The Disney Channel from 1990 to 1997. The show revolves around three animal puppets (Iggy Iguana, Jacob Bluejay, and Gloria Gopher) and their human roommate Holly Higgins, who all live in suburban Ontario. Each episode revolves around different themes (e.g; holidays, exercise, dancing) with several life lessons and family values mixed in with the overall humour of the show. The show was created by Noreen Young, who built the majority of puppets that were used in the show, as well as performing Gloria Gopher.

Availability: 36 episodes of the show were released on an 8-volume DVD set around 2006, which also featured new introductions at the beginning of each episode with the three main puppets. The DVDs eventually went out-of-print in 2012, following the closure of the official UTUT shop. Several episodes remain available on YouTube, some of which come from the official Noreen Young Productions channel, as well as VHS rips from various other users. Since March 2018, 26 episodes, both in English and French, were uploaded onto the YouTube channel "Encore+"; a channel developed by the Canada Media Fund and Google Canada, which is devoted to retro Canadian film and TV series.

Most of the earlier episodes of the show are much rarer than those that have already resurfaced online. Some noticeable differences in these episodes include a pink-coloured title card, no episode title right after the main titles, and Iggy having a slightly deeper, more laid-back voice. Also, on rare occasions (such as "The Bird from Gaspe"), Gloria was shown with a perm as opposed to her normal pigtail hairdo. Her pigtails were also much more curlier compared to how straight and curvy they'd be later on during the show's run.