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The Acme Corporation is a fictional
corporation that exists in several cartoons, films and TV series, most
significantly in the Looney Tunes universe, where it appeared most
prominently in the Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote cartoons, which made Acme
famous for outlandish and downright dangerous products that failed
catastrophically at the worst possible times. The inspiration for the
name came as something of a parody on the name "Acme", which became a
ubiquitous name in the 1950s for businesses in the United States. It
was also frequently used as a running gag. (source:
wikipidia) [question 3d]
The word acme means highest level, or top
of the line, similar to apex. It is also an acronym that stands for "A
Company that Makes Everything". [question 3a,d,e]
Films and TV series
- 1936 - Follow the Fleet,
Fred Astaire uses "Acme Sodium Bicarbonate" mixed with water to make
Ginger Rogers hiccup when performing her audition.
- 1937 - In A Star Is Born
(1937), Vickie practices her lines: "Acme Trucking Company. No, Mr.
Smith isn't in."
- 1938 - Termites of 1938
is an early Three Stooges short film, where the Stooges disrupt a high
society dinner party. The trouble begins when a rich society woman has
no date for a high-society party and the hostess recommends that she
use the Acme Escort Service. The woman has her maid dial them up, after
mentioning that she hopes that they will be discriminating, but the
maid calls the Acme Exterminators instead. The exterminators are, of
course, the Three Stooges - Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Howard.
- 1946 - The 1946 film The
Big Sleep contains a scene where Humphrey Bogart enters a book store
named simply "Acme Books".
- The Warner Brothers Cartoon Companion
- Report of an action brought against Acme Corporation by Wile E.
Coyote, Judge Homer Simpson presiding
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