Below are some of the music videos, animation and TV ads directed by Mort, along with trailers and a music video for the award-winning documentary he produced about the SADISTIK photo comic, called The Diabolikal Super-Kriminal.
Mort has a long association with the rock and roll fad, having created club posters, record covers and band logos while still in high school. The logo he created for Stiv Bators of the Dead Boys then is still being used for releases and promotion. He began doing the record covers for the acclaimed garage punk series Back from the Grave for Crypt Records in the 80s and the artwork for the first album is on permanent display at Cornell University in their Punk Rock Archives. Mort has been devising and directing music videos for over 20 years and has also produced music for film and animation.
BEBE BUELL and THE GARGOYLES "LUV REACTION"
One of the first music videos directed by Mort Todd, shot on location in Maine while Mort was also editor of Cracked Magazine. Bebe Buell also appeared in a photo comic in Cracked, bring the Bill Ward cartoon character Nanny Dickering to life around the same time. Guitarist Charles E. Hall continues to collaborate with Mort providing music and voices for animation and film.
HEAVY TRASH "WAY OUT"
Music Video for "Way Out" from song on the 'Going Way Out with Heavy Trash" CD/LP. Heavy Trash features Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray. Co-directed by Mort Todd and Matt Verta-Ray.
HELP ME DEVIL "FREE OF YOUR SPELL"
"Free of Your Spell" Video from the Help Me Devil album. Back-up singing by Tami Lynn, (backing vocalist on the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street album).
PSYCHO CHARGER "They Call Him SADISTIK!"
First Music Video from the soundtrack of the upcoming animated series SADISTIK: STRIP & KILL by the band Psycho Charger on their CD "Mark of the Psycho." More about Psycho Charger and the Mark of the Psycho CD at www.PsychoCharger.com See more videos about Mort's film, The Diabolikal Super-Kriminal below.
HELP ME DEVIL "GIRLS TODAY DON'T LIKE TO SLEEP ALONE"
"Girls Today Don't Like to Sleep Alone" Video from the album Help Me Devil.
MIKE EDISON AND THE SPACE LIBERATION ARMY "I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE"
Mike Edison and the Space Liberation Army do a holiday version of "I Walked With a Zombie" by Roky Erickson.
CAN YOU IMAGINE? "DRIVE"
Video featuring animation of drawings by band member Peter Bagge.
Mort has animated for various clients as Sesame Street, Playboy, CBS, MTV, Disney and many production companies. His animation also appears in TV ads and music videos.
CHRISTOPHER WALKEN "20th CENTURY BLUES"
Segment for an MTV series pilot called SPIDER VIRUS, directed by John Moynihan. Chris Walken sings and dances to the Noel Coward song "20th Century Blues," as rotoscope animated by Mort Todd.
SESAME STREET "LUNAR LOUNGE"
A Sesame Street short from a series directed by John Moynihan with some backgrounds, character design and animation by Mort Todd.
"ARIAS WITH A TWIST" SAMPLE ANIMATION
Animation by Mort Todd for Bobby Sheehan's documentary "ARIAS WITH A TWIST," about International Cultural Phenomenon Joey Arias and his collaborations with Basil Twist. The film features interviews with David Bowie, Andy Warhol, Cassandra (Elvira) Peterson, Klaus Nomi and many other scenesters discussing Joey and his work. Mort's animated segments feature voiceovers by Joey and his sister Lena describing their childhood fantasies.
BUNNI POWER - SEXY SUPERHERO
Bunni Power is a sexy superhero! WARNING: This cartoon features cartoon nudity and is intended for immature "adult" audiences. Pilot for a Playboy web series.
CUNNING STUNTS - HOLLYWOOD SPFX SQUAD!
A titanic trailer for a trio of Hollywood special effects experts! By Mort Todd and Cliff Mott WARNING: This cartoon features cartoon nudity and is intended for immature "adult" audiences. Pilot for a Playboy web series.
HISTORY BUFF - SEX THROUGH THE AGES
Buff is the eternal woman who finds herself in pivotal moments throughout human history... and always gets the better of men! In the premiere episode Buff is a Cavegal! By Mort Todd and Cliff Mott. WARNING: This cartoon features cartoon nudity and is intended for immature "adult" audiences. Pilot for a Playboy web series.
Mort has created print ads for various concerns since his junior high school days and it was only natural he would create ads for other mediums. Before directing he had provided storyboards for many well-known, award-winning national TV ad campaigns.
NOSH KITCHEN BAR
Mort designed many print ads for this restaurant that created a bit of a stir, but created major controversy with this ad many saw as lampooning vegans. Inspired by classic TV ads of the past for instant coffee and margarine, the TV ad created a furor that ignited commentary in newspapers and the worldwide web!
Mort Todd created the luchador (masked wrestler) mascot for the Taco Escobarr restaurant which features a huge mural of the character on its wall. In this animated ad, the masked wrestler mascot gives a beatdown to the competition, proving Taco Escobarr beats any Mexican in town! The song, "The Crusher," is performed by The Novas and is from the CD Back from the Grave, Volume One, from Crypt Records.
THE THIRSTY PIG
Another contentious ad for a sausage eatery by Mort Todd that vexed the populace.
THE THIRSTY PIG 30 Sec Spot
Music Video for The Thirsty Pig restaurant with music by Chad Walls and Mac Coldwell. Footage and photos by Peter Jensen Bissell and Jason M. Bosch. Post production and editing by Mort Todd.
DIABOLIKAL FILM WEEKEND
Ad spot for the web premiere of The Diabolikal Super-Kriminal film, a weekend-long event that also showcased other Euro Comic Crime Killer films like Danger: Diabolik!, Kriminal, Satanik, And Kilink: Strip & Kill.
SADISTIK, THE DIABOLIKAL SUPER-KRIMINAL
For several years, Mort has been translating and adapting the Italian photo novel series from the 1960s called SADISTIK. The character has long had an international cult following under different aliases and even appeared in over a dozen films in Turkey! Director SS-Sunda directed a documentary feature, produced by Mort, tracing the character's origins and interviewing the original actors in the novels along with creative personnel. Mort is currently developing an animated series based on the character and shopping a live-action screenplay. To see more about Sadistik, go to the Official Sadistik Headquarters!
DIABOLIKAL SUPER-KRIMINAL TRAILER
A preview of SS-Sunda's award-winning documentary The Diabolikal Super-Kriminal, co-produced by Mort Todd. After a successful run at international film festivals and comic conventions, the film has been released on DVD in Italy with future editions planned for France and the US.
BEWARE: SADISTIK MUSIC VIDEO
The song "Beware: Sadistik" from the Diabolikal Super-Kriminal soundtrack, written and performed by the Charles E. Hall Band. Music produced by Mort Todd. Song available on The DSK soundtrack CD, released by Cinedelic.
SADISTIK! STRIP & KILL ANIMATION TEASER
Short preview of the animated series in production starring SADISTIK, The Diabolikal Super-Kriminal, star of photo comics and live-action Turkish films! Written, produced and directed by Mort Todd.
MORT TODD ACTOR
Here are some short films Mort appeared in, both directed by Sugar Cane, SHINE SHINE and THE PIANO TUNER.