Sunday, February 06, 2011

The Best Superbowl Ads for 2011

Super bowl ads seem to always have elements of humor, sensuality, male & female stereotyping and lots of incredible story telling. Some company’s commercials aren’t worth commenting on and others seem to be able to capture the human story year after year.

This year, we had the usual funny and manly categories telling great stories about what it means to be human. Two growing categories are Epic commercials and commercials that take us through a timeline, or emphasize history.

Standouts for me were VW’s Dark Vader commercial, Coca Cola’s Border Crossing and Chrysler’s very moving Eminem


Carmax I Feel Like

There was a lot of irony in this commercial which always gives us this three second delay in humor… “I feel like a kid in a candy shop”… all the way around until you hear, “I feel like a customer in carmax.”

Doritos House Sitting

Doritos pushes the envelope and often uses shock humor and surprise to make us love their stories. In this ad we see Doritos having resurrection power, “I missed you grandpa.”

Pepsi Shooting Cooler

Every Superbowl should have a “Revenge of the Nerds” storyline and this one even made fun of preppy people.


Three ads felt Epic, like they were not just telling earthly stories, but ones were the whole universe was involved. I loved these ads.

***Kia Optima One Epic Ride

***Coca Cola Dragon

***Volkswagon Darth Vader Kid


The following commercials all seemed to have men as their target audience.

Snickers Roseanne Barr

Careerbuildercom Chimps

Bridgestone Reply All

Budweiser Tiny Dancer

Bridgestone Beaver

Volkswagon Black Beetle

***Coca Cola Border Crossing

Chevy Lassie Truck


I really like the way so many technologically driven corporations are tapping into the fact that even though their industry depends on change and progression, they are now old companies that have histories that span generations and tell the stories that help us understand who we are and where we came from.

Chevy Volt

Hundai Old School

See Video HERE

Carmax Service Station

***Chrysler Eminem

Mercedes Diddy


The Soooooo Creepy Doritos Finger Licking Commercial

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