A large family of ten peg-dolls that live in a semi-detached house at the foot of a tree. The whereabouts of the eight children, four boys and four girls, are often not known by Mr and Mrs Pontipine, but they donít worry as the children always return home safely. Their neighbours are another family of ten Ė the Wottingers.

Mr Pontipine's moustache has an unfortunate habit of flying off his face and settling on Mrs Pontipine. Mrs Pontipine carries a pair of binoculars.