--> "In your imagination, you'll find an invitation...."

This was a live-action children's series that aired on CBC from 1986 - 1993, and also the DisneyChannel in the early 1990s. The setting was an upscale apartment in [[BigApplesauce what was probably supposed to be New York]], and the main characters were freelance artist [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Holly Higgins]] and her three young animal friends (actually portrayed by puppets): Gloria the Gopher, Iggy (short for "[[AwesomeMcCoolName Ignatz]] [[ButNotTooForeign Julio]]") Iguana and Jacob the Bluejay.

''Under the Umbrella Tree'' was a pretty entertaining series overall. Gloria, Iggy and Jacob essentially have the minds of children (well, mostly; see PingPongNaivete below), so the plots did get a bit {{Anvilicious}} but the scripts were so well written that they were nowhere near as bad as they could have been. The three animal friends were also funny, largely because they seemed to believe they were actually people.

Occasionally, guest stars (both human and "animal") would drop by the apartment for visits.

Disney's rights to the show expired in 2005, so since then its creator Noreen Young has been selling DVD's of the series independently through the [[http://www.shopundertheumbrellatree.com/ official site]].

This series contained examples of:
* AnimalStereotypes: Inverted with Iggy. Despite his slightly creepy appearance (think something that Jerry Garcia might dream about after eating too much pepperoni pizza), he was the most lovable and relatable of the roommates.
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: Despite being essentially Holly's "kids," Gloria, Iggy and Jacob had lives of their own. Not only did they occasionally receive visits from their animal relatives, but the VerySpecialEpisode described below established that there were other animal residents in the neighborhood.
* LongLostUncleAesop: There was the time that Gloria's wealthy "Aunt Gloxinia" died and Gloria inherited the services of her butler. This butler was a WellIntentionedExtremist who constantly shadowed her and forbade her to do many things (such as eat ice cream, for example) because "Your Aunt Gloxinia never [did X]." This eventually drove Gloria to scream in frustration: "My Aunt Gloxinia isn't ''me''!" The problem was eventually resolved when the butler quit his job, admitting that even he had become sick of all the social pretension.
* [[ButtMonkey Monkey Ball]]: Although usually TheComicallySerious, Holly could be counted on to get herself humiliated from time to time for a cheap laugh. A notable example was an episode when she dressed in a gorilla suit and went around the neighborhood performing singing telegrams in order to make extra money but [[CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise got mistaken for an actual gorilla]], captured by zookeepers, and was taken to a local zoo where she was locked in a cage for several hours! And in an episode where one of Iggy's relatives visits from the Southwest, Holly undergoes a HumiliationConga that includes her sitting on a cactus and burning her mouth on some spicy chili.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Iggy's favorite actress was a pert-lipped, pompous British reptile named [[Creator/ElizabethTaylor "Elizardbeth Taylor"]].
* OverlyLongName: Gloria's full name is [[AlliterativeName Gloria Gladys Grace Gardenia Gale Gopher]].
* PingPongNaivete: Gloria, Iggy, and Jacob swung from being sophisticated pseudo-adults to hapless waifs whenever the plot demanded it.
* TeamMom: Holly.
* TotemPoleTrench: In an episode, the three main puppets attempted to do this with Gloria on top.
* AVerySpecialEpisode: During an episode that took place in December, Holly and the gang were visited by a neighbor who [[InformedJudaism outed himself as Jewish]] by saying he was getting ready for Hanukkah. This inspired the roommates to plan a huge Hanukkah bash, despite the slim likelihood of that many Jewish people (and animals!) residing in their neighborhood.
* WordSaladTitle: The titular umbrella tree was a tropical plant owned by Holly. It was rarely seen, and even more rarely referenced.