"Hits and Missiles" (1960s series)
Spooky Swabs is a Popeye theatrical cartoon short, starring Jack Mercer as Popeye and Mae Questel as Olive Oyl. Produced by Paramount Cartoon Studios (formerly Famous Studios) and directed by Isadore Sparber, it was released on August 9, 1957 and is the 230th and final cartoon in the Popeye series of theatrical cartoons released by Paramount Pictures.
The story involves Popeye and Olive on a life raft playing checkers. They see a ship adrift, thinking they are rescued. But the ship is haunted, deserted, and has a crew of ghosts with English accents (voiced by Mercer) who do not like the idea of returning to civilization, so they wreak havoc on Popeye and Olive. While Popeye is hiding in the ship's galley to avoid a mob of sword-wielding ghosts, he sees a jar of "ye king's spinach". When Popeye consumes the spinach, he becomes invisible, allowing him to punch the ghosts flat and Olive to sew them together to create a new sail. Popeye and Olive then sail off in the sunset as the cartoon ends.
- Final theatrical cartoon appearance of Popeye and Olive Oyl.
- Final theatrical Popeye production until 1980, when Paramount released the musical live-action feature film.
- Because this cartoon is in the public domain in the United States, it has been made available on various DVD compilations of theatrical Popeye cartoons as well as streaming video from various web sites. A restored authorized DVD release is planned from Warner Home Video in the Popeye the Sailor series of DVD collections. It is also featured in Mill Creek Entertainment's Giant 600 Cartoon Collection.
- Spooky Swabs at the Internet Movie Database