Super Bowl 2011 Commercials: First Look at Super Bowl XLV's Best Ads
The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers will meet Sunday, February 6 at Super Bowl XLV with the NFL season on the line.
The most important part of the game? Which team wins.
The second most important part of the game? The commercials.
For some crazy people, the best part of the game isn’t even the game. It’s the commercials.
For some crazy people, the commercials are the only reason they even tune in to the game.
Me? I like the football.
But yeah, even I love the commercials.
There’s always a couple of really good ones.
We always have the usual suspects. The E-Trade Baby, Doritos, GoDaddy and their racy ads and Snickers. Then there's the car commercials. This year we have a lot of good ones that you'll see throughout the slideshow.
From celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Richard Lewis, Ozzy Osbourne, Darth Vader, Jillian Michaels, Bumblebee and his Transformer friends to insects to talking peanuts to enraged monkeys, this year's Super Bowl commercials are shaping up to have it all.
Which are your favorites?
Which are you looking forward to?
Which could you simply do without?
Here’s the first look at the Super Bowl XLV’s best ads.
10. Kia Optima: One Epic Ride
The title of this commercial is clearly fitting.
I felt like I was watching/playing an entire action movie/video game with this commercial.
It has everything you’d expect.
Helicopters, Poseidon, aliens, ancient chiefs. What else could you want?
Honestly, I don’t think I want to do that in my car.
I want a tank.
9. Planters: Alejandro
I don’t know about you, but I realized recently I’m a sucker for Spanish-themed matador-esque fights.
The accent, the attire, the music. Put it all together and I’m sold.
I think I’ll get some Planters nuts for the big game.
8. CareerBuilder.com: Parking Lot
I love these monkey commercials. I laughed out loud from this one.
Monkeys driving? Oh, the insanity.
The best part is that it is pure insanity for this poor guy who desperately needs to get out of his car to attend his meeting.
He’s blocked in on one side and just when he’s about to exit…BAM! Sideswiped by another one of those damn inconsiderate monkeys!
I don’t know about you, but I’d be flinging some poop at their crappy cars!
7. Volkswagen: Black Beetle Commercial
Volkswagen uses CGI to make a black beetle appear like a racing car.
On the edge of your seat, you see this explosive beetle zip past the other insects. He drifts around the edge of the mountain, soars through the air and lands to a sliding halt.
Exhilarated by this adrenaline-filled buggy, you’re expected to go buy a beetle.
You won’t, because after all, it’s a beetle!
But it’s still a fun little commercial.
6. E-Trade: Baby Back
The E-Trade baby is back!
The E-Trade baby is still one of the best commercials around.
This time, they have him telling some creative and funny jokes.
As always, the baby will be one of the biggest hits of the Super Bowl, game and all.
5. GoDaddy: Danica Patrick and Jillian Michaels Fulfill the Contract
Two fit athletes, Danica Patrick and Jillian Michaels, fulfilling their GoDaddy duties of baring all.
Anytime you can get two fit women implanted into men’s imaginations wearing nothing but their hair and high heels, you win.
Well played, GoDaddy, well played.
4. Chevy: Miss Evelyn
These two guys are imaging the next Chevy Camaro commercial.
Basically, it’s every cliché driving commercial you can imagine spoofed.
The ending is so awesome and unexpected, and it brings the commercial around full circle.
3. Bud Light: Office Bike-A-Thon
It’s not even really creative, but it makes me laugh out loud every time I see it.
A chunky guy dressed like a nerd powering his way through his office on a motorcycle.
Boo-ya! I love it.
2. Chevy: Transformers Lot Sale
I love it! This is my personal favorite.
Many hate the movies, but I think Michael Bay’s Transformers flicks are great action, popcorn movies.
The car lot salesman hosts a commercial to promote the new sale, and Bumblebee pops up to rough up the mascot.
1. Volkswagen: Darth Vader Passat Force
Call me a geek. Whatever. I don’t care.
I’m a sucker for anything Star Wars related. Especially when it’s funny.
Family Guy Star Wars spoof? I’m all for it.
This kid is dressed up as the Evil Sith Lord Darth Vader and can’t seem to successfully use The Force around the house.
The spin bike won’t turn on. The dog won’t budge. His sandwich won’t slide over.
Young Darth Vader cannot seem to figure out The Force. That is, until his father comes home with the new Volkswagen Passat.
Ah, life’s greatest feat has been conquered.