When I was a lot younger than I am now, I used to watch “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends” on TV. I loved the show, an animated television series that originally aired from November 1959 to June 1964.
Produced by Jay Ward Productions, the series was structured as a cartoon variety show, with the main feature being the serialized adventures of the two title characters, Rocky the flying squirrel and Bullwinkle the moose.
The main adversaries in most of their adventures were two Russian-like spies Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale. Other segments of the half-hour cartoon show included characters like Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties (a parody of old-time melodrama), Peabody’s Improbable History (a dog named Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman traveling through time), and Fractured Fairy Tales (classic fairy tales retold in comic fashion).
Snidely Whiplash was the archenemy of Dudley Do-Right. Whiplash was the depicted as the stereotypical villain in the style of stock characters found in silent movies and earlier stage melodrama, wearing black clothing, a top hat, and sporting a handlebar mustache.
Snidely Whiplash was a character that, to me, anyway, is the personification (to the extent that a cartoon character can serve as a personification) of a cur, or a contemptible man. So naturally, when I saw today’s one-word prompt, “cur,” I immediately thought about Snidely.