Because VideoInk readers are movers, shakers and doers with little time for something as simple as a YouTube search, we’ve done you the courtesy of assembling this enticing collection of Super Bowl 50 ads.
We’re not saying they’re the best or the most significant in this year’s batch of branded videos associated with the big game. They’re kind of like that box of pizza rolls you grab from the frozen section of the supermarket as you’re rushing to buy food for your Super Bowl party: we saw them, they looked tasty and we thought you might enjoy them, so we threw them in the cart.
On second thought, this is this is the essential collection of Super Bowl ads, featuring brands ranging from Budweiser and Doritos to Skittles and Snickers.
In Bud Light’s big game campaign, the Super Bowl advertising stalwart pairs actors Amy Schumer, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd and Michael Peña with election and rodeo imagery and at least a metric foot of sexual innuendo:
Anheuser-Busch’s more filling sister brand Budweiser goes a little older, demographically-speaking, forgoing its usual batch of lost puppies and galloping Clydesdales for a single slow zoom on 70-year-old Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren admonishing viewers not to drink and drive:
Okay, they’re doing the Clydesdale thing again, too:
Automaker Kia goes for the punny bone with its Christoper Walken Closet ad:
Snickers dresses Willem Dafoe up like Marilyn Monroe in “The Seven Year Itch” for its big game spot (an image even more disturbing if you know what the actor has hidden under that skirt):
The geriatric pandering continues with Skittles’ ad, featuring Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler:
Frozen pizza maker DiGiorno eschews older actors and singers, turning instead to prominent millennial-friendly digital influencers Colleen Evans (née Ballinger; a.k.a. Miranda Sings), Ray William Johnson and DeStorm Power, who appear alongside Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III in its cross-platform Super Bowl campaign, which is playing on broadcast TV as well as various social media platforms:
Mountain Dew shows how trying to out-cute the competition can go horribly wrong in its Puppymonkey spot:
Online ticket seller Fandango sent its Movieclips correspondent Dan Perrault to a Super Bowl media event, where he challenged players from the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers to give him their Oscar predictions:
Because Doritos’ Crash the Super Bowl user-generated ad competition is now a decade-long tradition, we’ll include one of the finalists:
And, just because, we’ll conclude this year’s festivities with a pack of Dachshunds galloping across an open field accompanied by Harry Nilsson’s rendition of “Without You”: