Another Super Bowl has come and gone, and with it the commercials that everyone will be talking about for … well at least a few days. Although there were no huge stand outs like in previous years, this year’s crop did serve up some memorable and interesting ads.
Be honest, when was the last time you stepped foot in a RadioShack? The electronics store has needed a reboot for quite some time, and this commercial used stars from the 80’s to get their point across loud and clear. Welcome to the new millennium, guys, and thanks for bringing back Mary Lou Retton, ALF, Ponch, and the original Teen Wolf to let us know about it.
Audi’s Doberhuahua gets all the “that’s just weird” points for this year’s Super Bowl ads, but it was really the cameo of a fed-up Sarah McLachlan that makes this one memorable. Apparently she has a line when it comes to saving the animals and this Doberhuahua crossed it.
This year, Doritos started the Super Bowl with a contest-winning ad. The idea submitted featured a guy getting conned into a time machine by a kid who simply wanted his Doritos. There’s a fun twist in the end, but the best part of this commercial is that it only took $200 to make.
Gracie and her family are back, and this time her dad has big news for her, but Gracie knows how to bargain and gets something out of it for herself. Cheerios endured racist hate for the original commercial featuring Gracie and her family, which is mind-boggling in this day and age. This commercial is as adorable as you’d expect any Cheerios ad to be.
It’s puppy/horsey love. This puppy will not leave his best friend behind, and Passenger’s “Let Her Go” in the background provides the perfect soundtrack for this story of true friendship. The best part is definitely the gang of horses that block the car’s path and form the puppy’s entourage as he races back toward his best bud.
5. Dannon Oikos
Dannon got provocative this year. And with John Stamos as the star of this ad, we weren’t complaining. That is until the other Full House guys showed up and ruined everything. Two words for this commercial: cock block.
The reviews on Maserati’s tribute to “Beasts of the Southern Wild” seem to be mixed, but while the ad may have confused more than anything else, it still did provide great imagery and star the ever adorable, Oscar-nominated, Quvenzhane Wallis.
This commercial had us at Tom Hiddleston. Poking fun at the Hollywood stereotype of all bad guys being played by British men, the only thing this commercial was missing was Ralph Fiennes, and Alan Rickman, and Jeremy Irons, and …
Commercials intended to inspire during the Super Bowl can be so hit and miss, but Microsoft hit the bull’s eye with their ode to technology. The electronic voice of former NFL player Steve Gleason guides us to focus on how advances in science can lead to awe-inspiring and miraculous human interactions.
This is probably the most talked about commercial from this year’s Super Bowl. The beautiful tribute to America featured two controversial items: languages other than English and a gay couple with their daughter. Unfortunately the message will continue to be lost on the narrow-minded, but for the rest of us, seeing and hearing this great portrait of American life brought a little tear to our eye.