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Apparently the creatives behind this sad sack of an ad for Downy's Unstopables, think it's a quality idea to rip off a classic Super Bowl spot and make it suck. Mean Joe Greene sells his soul along with Amy Sedaris in this 30-second spot. Sure, it's a pre-game ad, but that doesn't mean you should half-ass it. Plus, Coke already went there in 2009 for its Coke Zero with "Mean Troy". Oh Grey, you should really be ashamed.

Yes, there's more new news on what ads you can expect to see on Sunday 2/5 during Super Bowl XLVI. As always, the more we find out about the commercials we'll see in the big game that brands paid $3.5 million per 30 second spot, the more we'll update. Check back for more updates to come--we've called out what's new to make it easier for you to skim.

NOTE: If you want to be surprised, don't go any farther. And, don't say we didn't warn you.

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Anheuser-Busch: Bud Light Platinum"Factory" is a :30 spot that showcases how "the process of creating something truly Platinum is revealed". Ends with #MakeItPlatinum. Expect less frat-boy humor and a “more stylish, serious tone” that promotes “triple-filtered, smooth finish, top-shelf taste.”
Created by: Translation led by Steve Stoute and Jay-Z.

Our sources tell us GE plans to air two 45-second documentary-style spots during this year’s game featuring real American workers talking about their contributions to the American manufacturing industry. No word yet when these will run or if they are running in local markets only.

At first you might think that VW has done the right thing and skipped trying for a sequel to last years ad, the Darth Vader kid, as we all know that sequels suck. Even Stuart Elliot warned against a sequel. Personally I'm simply tired of borrowing Star Wars interest in ads. But then, this film starts off with a Lassie-like, rather rotund, dog....

The overweight dog finds he can't chase the cars like he used to, so he does everything his doggy-body can to get back into fit form. It's pretty cute, the song is right and the message positive even though it really isn't branding Volkswagen more than any other car.

Well, at least he's in the teaser. Either way, it looks like we're due for some more TV stars trying to rot Earthling brains along with Alec Baldwin (who starred in the first Super Bowl spot 3 years ago and which was probably one of the best ads that year), Seth MacFarlane, Denis Leary and Eliza Dushku.

Between the cute endangered species rooting for the Super Bowl and the beverage itself, we needed to brush our teeth after viewing.

Frustrated Polar Bear can’t bear (geddit, har har) to watch his team not doing well. So he steps out for a breather. His mate throws him a Coke and he almost drops it. What follows is Disney-like animated orchestration of a slip and slide until he lands, with Coke carefully still in paws.

The Super Bowls ads in 2012 are appropriating pop culture with wild abandon. Audi is no exception, using “Twilight,” and Echo & The Bunnymen to sell the All New Audi S7.

Vampires climbing up trees in a direct lift from the hottest movie franchise since Harry Potter? Yup. Impossibly good-looking hipsters drinking blood in Capri Sun packets? Yup. Special effects for fun, retractable fangs? You betcha.
Really bad dialogue? “Party’s arrived.”

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and drive an affordable crossover sedan, you miss it."

Welcome to cynical Advertising 101. Pander to GEN X by stoking the nostalgia flames. Too bad the car doesn't fit the demographic. How is living a little akin to driving around in a glorified minivan?

Toyota Camry reinvents everything with a sneaky smirk. The reinvented baby doesn't poop. The reinvented plant fights crime. The reinvented rain makes you skinny. The reinvented curtains are made out of pizza. The reinvented blender plays Lionel Ritchie (warning, I might commit suicide with that which would get very messy)... and the reinvented couch is a bunch of bikini-clad babes. Oh but wait, it also "comes in male" which is greeted by a shrug from the apartment owner. Nothing makes gratuitous bikini-gals go down as easy as gratuitous bikini-guys. Wait, that came out wrong. Errr....

Look, David Beckham is a pretty man, but even I got bored watching the slow pans across his heavily inked body. Not one single proper package shot (pun) made it to the end edit either. Once the camera teasingly pans down it reveals that the briefs he is wearing wears his name. That's great if you're David Beckham or a ten year old kid at summer camp, I guess. I'm not expecting much, certainly not in the way of a concept, since this is an H&M ad. I guess I just expected it to be more modern and less of a nod to the Calvin Klein ads of yore. Usually H&M's in-house crew are very good at pegging the trends & music just right.

This ad will air during the second quarter of the Super Bowl game on Sunday. It's the first time H&M has invested this heavily in TV advertising in the US.

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