Tulipop is a wondrous island in the middle of two seas, governed by three moons. It was created when a magical underwater volcano erupted many lifetimes ago, the lava formed the island that evolved into the beautiful place that is Tulipop.
Tulipop is full of waterfalls, rugged mountains, hot springs and golden sands and is the home of six very different but equally lovable characters: Gloomy, Bubble, Fred, Miss Maddy, Mr. Tree and Mama Skully.
Tulipop is a fun and exciting universe where nothing is what it seems. The characters may appear cute and adorable but they are all flawed in different ways and have real life problems. They are a nonsensical and a weird family.
The daydreamer of the group, mushroom boy Bubble lives in the serene Buttercup Sands on the East coast of Tulipop. He loves eating blueberry pancakes, gardening and taking a nap in his hammock.
Bubble is Gloomy’s brother; they are really close although it is hard to imagine siblings that are more unalike. While Gloomy is adventurous and excitable, Bubble is the opposite: he is calm, a bit anxious and rarely wants to leave his house. Bubble moves slowly, eats slowly, does almost everything slowly, which drives his sister, Gloomy, a bit nuts. However, if Bubble loses his cool he can blow up to double his size! When that happens, he behaves in a very uncharacteristic manner. He messes up his house, smashes things in his surroundings and when he’s turned back to normal, he can’t remember a single thing.
That is why Bubble tries to keep things calm. He likes nothing better than enjoying a quiet and cosy moment in his little house or lying in his hammock, drinking a cup of tea and reading a good book. He tends to get lost in his thoughts and to conveniently disappear when adventure comes calling. His fear of hurting others often leads to him avoiding leaving the house, or doing anything dangerous unless totally necessary. He’d rather potter around at home talking to his plants.
Gloomy is a strong, brave, fun-loving mushroom girl who lives on top of Toadstool Hill. Her hobbies include catching fire flies, telling ghost stories and writing very secret secrets in her diary.
Gloomy is Bubble’s sister and by far the more adventurous of the two. Gloomy loves exploring the unknown and everything that happens after dark. She is fascinated by stars and other creatures of the night. She loves mysteries and riddles, surprises, telling jokes and playing pranks - but never in a mean spirited way. She is determined and outgoing but can get really impatient when listening to others.
Gloomy is quite untidy and doesn’t really care about appearances, neither her own nor that of her home. Her house is a real mess and is full of things she has found on her adventures, mostly broken things that she is one day going to fix. She is always busy but can’t quite finish anything and flits from one thing to another - there’s so many plans, potions and adventures to have!
Gloomy loves to experiment with magic. She cooks up various potions and elixirs, that sometimes work but more often they don’t. However, Gloomy doesn’t care - she will keep making them anyway.
Snuffing around in the Forgotten Forest you’re likely to stumble upon Fred - the smelliest, cuddliest and least threatening monster on Tulipop.
Fred lives in a hollowed out tree stump in the deepest part of the Forgotten Forest. His origins and true nature is a mystery but due to his antlers, he suspects that his mother may have been a reindeer.
Fred is a gentle soul in a wild (and clumsy) body. On the inside he is contemplative and kind, but looks and lives like an animal. He has an incredible senses of smell, even though his amazing sense of smell doesn’t apply to himself - but he is very smelly. He also has extraordinary hearing, night vision and taste. He is a laid-back loner and loves the freedom of being outside. He knows Tulipop like the back of his hand, every hole, every tree, every bush, every mushroom. He can talk and communicate with animals and enjoys feeling connected to nature, the wood and the island of Tulipop itself.
Fred may look like a monster but he is constantly trying to overcome his looks to let people see the real him: a kind and gentle creature. He is far more scared than he is scary. In particular, he is terrified of Miss Maddy’s worm Wiggly and will often scream when he sees him!
Miss Maddy is classy, elegant and a softly-spoken adorable bear ... when people are looking. The rest of the time she's far more of a slob. However appearances are important to her: she works very hard not to let people see the real her. She is a big character, has a real attitude and is all sweetness and light until you cross her, then she is all thunder and storms.
Miss Maddy sings, bakes cakes and loves the colour pink. She even wishes that her fur was pink! Miss Maddy may appear like quite a perfectionist but in fact she can be very sloppy. Appearances are important to her: she works very hard not to let people see the real her. Her biggest secret is that she comes from the forest like Fred but constantly denies it and tries to make everything in her life look perfect. She generally looks like a sophisticated lady but sometimes her animal comes out like she tends to forget her manners when she eats …
Miss Maddy is quite vain, has a bit of an ego and really knows what she likes. If things are not to her liking she can throw a real diva strop, where she will tremble and shake. However, she is not needlessly mean and has a surprising soft-spot for Bubble who she will always defend when Gloomy gets annoyed with him. Miss Maddy has a strong intuition and can always tell when someone is lying to her. She adores her pet worm Wiggly, however, she may turn a blind eye when it comes to some of his antics.
The charming old Mr. Tree, also known as Woody, is mild-mannered, wise and good-hearted. He lives on Skull Rock with his best friend, Mama Skully the skull.
Although Mr. Tree may appear a bit scary, with his diamond eyes and two horn like branches sticking out of his head, his friends know who to turn to for help and advice. Keep in mind though that Mr. Tree isn’t always right, he is forgetful and thinks that he has all the answers because he’s so old. When giving advice, he often uses half-remembered or obsolete turns of phrase that are hard to understand.
Mr. Tree loves his gemstones and is particularly fond of anything beautiful that sparkles. He is a hoarder and a bit greedy but he just can’t help himself. He collects and collects and never gives things away. It doesn't help that when someone cries he can turn their tears into gemstones.
You rarely see him moving around. Because he is old, big and heavy he doesn't really travel much around Tulipop, unless it’s absolutely necessary. He and Mama Skully bicker a lot, but are actually very fond of one another. He listens to classical music and prefers that no one speaks when it is on.
Mama Skully is the matriarch and oldest inhabitant of Tulipop. She is actually the creator of the island. When an undersea volcano erupted thousands of years ago, Mama Skully came up with the lava, ending up on Skull Rock.
Mama Skully planted Mr. Tree and gave life to the rest of the island and its inhabitants. She is very, very ancient and her memories go far far back in time. She loves poetry, culture and art and thinks she was a poet in a former life. Or maybe a pirate, she can’t remember. Maybe both!
Mama Skully cares about all the members of the Tulipop family but is usually gruff and dismissive, very rarely showing them her true feelings. She and Mr Tree are like an odd couple who bicker all the time. She has made an art of sarcasm and takes no prisoners but considers everyone on Tulipop her family.