Okay, admittedly the pickings were mighty slim this year (I was SO disappointed that the only appearance by the Budweiser Clydesdales was that Western with the barroom rendition of "Tiny Dancer"... the teaser ads during the playoffs had me hoping for something really spectacular!)
So my faves, in no particular order:
Volkswagen's "Little Darth Vader" (okay, that one is in order... the BEST!)
Carmax's "kid in a candy store, etc."
Bud Light's "Product placement" and "the dogs will do anything for you" spots
Pepsi Zero with the wife policing the husband's diet (and whacking the beautiful blonde jogger with the soda can!)
Doritos (both the pug and the "Grandpa, I missed you!" spots)
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I'm pretty much in agreement with you as to the best picks of a pretty lackluster crop. One I would add is the Audi commercial with the luxury prison. I thought that one was pretty clever.
Oh, yes, the Kenny G spot! Very clever! As was the "dish vs. HD" epic battle spot!
I really enjoyed the 2 minute long Chrysler 200 commercial talking about Detroit and featuring Eminem. I will also admit that I am from Detroit and work in the auto industry, so I guess I’m a bit of a sucker.
That being said, I was disappointed that the ad ended up being the 200 because it isn’t a very good car.
I like the Doritoes commercial where the fish, the plant, and Grandpa were brought back to life.
I think most of the commercials were really cute this year. In fact, I thought this Superbowl was delightful. Great game, decent commercials, good times. I saw nothing to complain about except that I had to get up and go back to work the next day, but even that was fun because of all the chit-chat about the Superbowl!
The Doritos one was funny, and the Darth Vader one was cute. :)
One I liked that nobody else has mentioned is the CareerBuilder one in which the guy was in his car in the parking lot, about to get out to go to work, and the monkeys came and parked incredibly close, leaving him no room to get out. When he started going to the other side to get out, the monkey in the second car came and drove right up the side of his car. I was so shocked that I couldn't stop laughing, especially when the monkey jumped out through the sunroof! (Not finding joy in his suffering--it was just bizarre! I felt sorry for the poor guy.)
LOVE the Darth Vader VW commercial. If you were a fan, check out youtube (or maybe even on VW's website) because what they played at the Superbowl was an abbreviated version.
Love the WV racing beetle commercial too.
Other one's I like - Ozzy's "what's a Bieber?", the Dorito commercial where the guy thrusts' the other dude's finger into his mouth (although they should've stopped there - I didn't care for the pants part), the Pepsi Zero where the wife throws the Pepsi at the jogger
However, you are not alone in how you feel. Millions are heralding the Clint Eastwood Chrysler commercial as one of the greatest commercials of all time. Yet, here is the truth:
Chrysler received billion in bailouts from USA tax payers.
Many Chrysler vehicles are not built in the USA.
The Administration sold off the majority share of Chrysler to Fiat (an Italian company) before it paid paid back what it owed to the USA tax payers, thereby basically giving Fiat a USA tax payer backed incentive to the tune of 1.3 billion dollars.
The Eastwood commercial calls us to celebrate the resurgence of Detroit and an historic auto company, when in fact that company was poised for bankruptcy before it was bailed out, and it was then sold off to a foreign auto maker before it repaid its debt to us, it continues to build many models outside this country, while nearly all bottom-line profits coming into Chrysler now leave this country and flow back to Fiat.
And–with all that nationalism present in that commercial, the most ironic fact is: Chrysler is NOT an American company–it is majority owned by Fiat.
Finally, the commercial appeared to be a campaign push for the Administration with its talk about it being halftime for America (Obama is approaching his halftime if he gets a second term). Hidden message: if we just elect Obama to a second half (term), then our nation will really shine, just like Detroit-----because we are rough and tough Americans and we can pull ourselves up out of the mud and sell off our great companies to a foreign entity.