Origin[ edit ] A real-world advertisement for ACME anvils The name Acme became popular for businesses by the s, when alphabetized business telephone directories such as the Yellow Pages began to be widespread. Early Sears catalogues even contained a number of products with the "Acme" trademark, including anvils , which are frequently used in Warner Bros.
Since we had to search out our own entertainment, we devised our own fairy stories. If you wanted a bow and arrow you got a stick. If you wanted to conduct an orchestra you got a stick. If you wanted a duel you used a stick. You couldn't go and buy one; that's where the terms acme came from. Whenever we played a game where we had a grocery store or something we called it the ACME corporation.
Because in the yellow pages if you looked, say, under drugstores, you'd find the first one would be Acme Drugs. Because "AC" was about as high as you could go; it means the best; the superlative. During the time the Warner Bros. The traffic lights paired "Stop" and "Go" semaphore arms with small red and green lights. Bells played the role of today's amber or yellow lights, ringing when the flags changed—a process that took five seconds.
Many of its products appear to be produced specifically for Wile E. Sometimes, Acme can also send living creatures through the mail, though that isn't done very often. Two examples of this are the Acme Wild-Cat , which had been used on Elmer Fudd and Sam Sheepdog which doesn't maul its intended victim, but the owner instead ; and Acme Bumblebees in one-fifth bottles which sting Wile E.
While their products leave much to be desired, Acme delivery service is second to none; Wile E. Back in Action movie , and have the product in his hands within seconds.
Appearances[ edit ] A mural of Wile E. Examples which specifically reference the Wile E. Coyote cartoon character include: Many of the film's scenes involve Acme products, and the climactic scene of the film is set in the Acme warehouse. The Tiny Toon Adventures series expanded on Acme's influence, with the entire setting of the show taking place in a city called "Acme Acres".
The show's young protagonists attended "Acme Looniversity". In one episode, the coyote sues Acme, accusing it of making products that are unsafe. For example, the coyote would attempt to launch himself using an Acme catapult by cutting the rope used to wind it, but the Acme representative pointed out that he was supposed to simply pull a lever.
Acme Corporation is the main antagonist of the movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action The head offices of Acme are depicted, revealing it to be a multinational corporation whose executive officers are led by the villainous Mr. Chairman, portrayed by Steve Martin. The cartoon series Loonatics Unleashed is set in Acmetropolis. In Wakko's Wish , the Animaniacs feature film, the Warner siblings and other characters live in the village of Acme Falls. External World, a short film by David OReilly , features Acme Retirement Castle, a dystopian retirement facility for disabled cartoon characters.
The song begins with the Road Runner signature sound " beep, beep ". Coyote against Acme, which appeared in three parts in the August, September, and October issues of National Lampoon magazine. Acme", which was published in the New Yorker  and eventually became the title piece of a short fiction collection. It was named "in homage to that greatest of all absurd system creators: