Super Bowl XLVI: The Ads of 2012 *SPOILER ALERT* UPDATED 2/5

It’s here! Well, hours away now. Check out the ads you’ll see and watch a good number of them now, so you can know which ones to run to the bathroom during, and which ones you really want to see again. Of course, you’ll be able to watch them again and again right here after the game. And after you watch what will air today, dig into 40 years of Super Bowl Ads in our archive right here:

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


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.
Watch the (lame) teaser:

Hyundai Veloster Turbo: "Cheetah" is one of the two spots will feature a race between the Veloster Turbo and a cheetah, but the cheetah decides the car is too fast and its handler would make for an easier snack.
Created by: Innocean Worldwide Americas
Watch the ad:

M&Ms: The 30-second spot introduces Ms. Brown, the new character in its line of animated spokescandies. Will Ms. Green and her engage in a cat fight? Who knows. She is described as “Ms. Brown is an intelligent woman with a sharp wit who finally decided to reveal herself after working for decades behind the scenes as “chief chocolate officer.”
Created by: BBDO
Watch the teaser:

Coca-Cola: The polar bears are coming as part of the "Open Happiness" campaign. The first spot is called “Superstition” is a 30-second animated ad showing one of the bears watching the game with his fingers, toes, arms, legs and even his scarf crossed. The bears will be featured on the website throughout the game. As they sit on their "snowfa" in an Arctic cave, they will react to plays on the field, referees' calls and even commercials. At the same time, viewers can send tweets and emails to the bears with questions and comments, getting the bears responses at (NOTE: Post-game ad on ESPN will show one of 2 creative versions. The bear whose team lost screams “argh” and is consoled with a Coke the drive viewers to YouTube.)
Created by: Wieden + Kennedy
Watch it:

Anheuser-Busch: Bud Light Platinum "Work" is a :30 spot where the office featured is anything but conventional and ends with #MakeItPlatinum.
Created by: Translation led by Steve Stoute and Jay-Z.

Lexus: The 30-second spot called "The Beast" will tout its 2013 GS and talk about products to come this year. This is the brand’s first time in the game. Created by: Team One and Attik
Watch it:

Best Buy: A :30 spot will focus on inventors such as Philippe Kahn, who developed one of the first camera phones. Another is Kevin Systrom, who developed Instagram. Reminds me a bit of the direction Google's ads have gone recently, focusing on those who have used the tech to do great things.
Created by: Crispin Porter & Bogusky

Audi: "Vampire Party" is a 60-second ad to promote Audi LED headlights.
Created by: Venables, Bell & Partners
Watch the ad:


Bridgestone: One of two 30-second spots which will include Troy Aikman lending his hand to ads that explore fictional scenarios where Bridgestone tires help change the world of sports. View all the teasers on the brand’s youtube channel and one below.
Created by: Richards Group
Watch one of the teasers:

H&M: A 30-second ad will promote a new line of David Beckham Bodywear underwear, with the soccer star sporting nothing but his knickers and ends with #beckhamforhm, an obvious attempt to have people who are talking about the spot online use this.
Created by: In-house
See it:

Sketchers: “Mr. Quiggly” is a 30-second spot that stars a bulldog named (surprise!) “Mr. Quigley” who races greyhounds and Mark Cuban (owner of the Dallas Mavericks) to promote the new GoRun shoe line.
Watch it:

Anheuser-Busch: Budweiser "Return of the King" is a :60 that takes a nostalgic play as the Budweiser Clydesdales deliver the first cases of beer at the end of Prohibition.
Created by: Anomaly
Watch the teaser:

Coca-Cola: A 60-second, "The Catch" has two versions. The bear cheering for the team that is losing at the time the commercial airs -- assuming the game is not tied at the time -- will make a gravity-defying catch of a flying bottle of Coke.
Created by: Wieden + Kennedy
The New England/Pats version:

The New York/Giants version:

Anheuser-Busch: Bud Light A :30 ad that features a Shazam app inviting viewers to download a song. AB won't name the song or artist but says the ad will have “star power”.
Created by: Cannonball

Teleflora: A 30-second spot featuring Adriana Lima pimping flowers for Valentine’s Day--give her flowers, get lucky.
Created by: Fire Station
Watch it:


GE:"Power and Beer" is a 45-second documentary-style spot our sources say will air during this year’s game that features real American workers talking about their contributions to the American manufacturing industry. And heavy, heavy Budweiser product placement. No word yet when these will run or if they are running in local markets only. One will air the first spot in the 5th break in the first half. The other will be 3rd break in the second half.
Watch it: A 30-second spot called "In The Cloud" featuring Danica Patrick and a rebirth of the group Pussycat Dolls.
Created by: In-house
Watch it:


Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt: "The Tease" is a 30-second spot starring John Stamos, and is the first time for the brand to appear in the Super Bowl Ad lineup. You can watch the making of video here:
Created by Poptent with advice of AOR Y&R New York. The winning submission was from Remy Neymarc, 21 from New Jersey.
Watch it:

Century 21: 30-second spot starring Donald Trump, Deion Sanders and Apolo Ohno, which will “demonstrate that Century 21 agents are “Smarter. Bolder. Faster.” This will be the first time for the brand to appear in the Super Bowl Ad lineup.
Created by Red Tettemer & Parters in Philadelphia
Watch it:

Anheuser-Busch: Budweiser "Eternal Optimism" is another :60 for the brand continues the story in the earlier :60 and follows people enjoying Buds throughout history, including the end of Wold War II and USA 1980 Olympic hockey victory.
Created by: Anomaly
See the teaser:

Volkswagen: We’ll see a 60-second spot for the 2012 Beetle featuring an overweight dog who gets in shape by chasing the new Beetle, among other things. The end of the spot features Star Wars characters--including Snaggletooth--in the cantina debating if last year's Vader ad or this year's dog ad is better. How meta of them.
Created by: Deutsch Los Angeles
Extended Teaser:

E*Trade: Yes, the baby is back for the 5th year running. From The NY Times: The change in the fifth year of the campaign is ment to “take the baby to the next level,” said Nick Utton, chief marketing officer at E8Trade Financial. “It’s critically important to keep the baby fresh and engaging.” Yah, right.
Created by: Grey New York
Watch it:

This spot called "Best Man" didn’t make it, but will air later in the campaign:

Honda Acura: A :60-second spot called "Transactions" will feature Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno. This will be Acura’s first showing in a Super Bowl.
Created by: RPA and Arcade Edit
Watch the extended version: A 30-second spot a car shopper’s inner confidence is unleashed from his neck and shoulder in the form of a Disco-singing head. Viewers who use Shazam to tag the ad will earn $1 for one of seven charities for kids.
Created by: DDB Chicago
Watch it:

Bridgestone: One of two 30-second spots which will include Troy Aikman lending his hand to ads that explore fictional scenarios where Bridgestone tires help change the world of sports. View the teasers on the brand’s youtube channel.
Created by: Richards Group
See the teaser for "Performance Balls and Puck":

Toyota Camry: "Reinvented" is a :30 spot that plays on potential reinventions, encourages vieweres to tweet with the #Reinvented hashtag about what they’d like to see reinvented and selected tweets will be responded to in real-time with a creative depiction of their idea.
Created by: Saatchi & Saatchi LA

GE:"Building something big in Louisville" focuses on the worker's at Appliance Park, Louisville KY and is a 45-second documentary-style spot our sources say will air during this year’s game. No word yet when these will run or if they are running in local markets only.
Watch it:


Hyundai Veloster Turbo: "Think Fast" is a :30 spot where a young guy shows off the car's ability to handle low-end torque in forward and reverse to shake the older guy back from a heart attack. Actor Jeff Bridges does the voiceover.
Created by: Innocean Worldwide Americas
Watch it:

Honda CR-V: The 60-second spot features Ferris Bueller and is centered on the “leap lists” of ambitious life goals compiled by twenty- and thirtysomethings. The commercial will be released 10-14 days before the game.
Created by: RPA
Watch the extended version of the ad:

2nd Story Software/TaxACT: A 30-second spot called "Feel the Free" promotes the software that allows people to prepare their federal taxes for free.
Created by: J.W. Morton and Associates and Mechaniks
Watch the teasers:

Anheuser-Busch: Bud Light "Rescue Dog" is a :60 spot featuring a scrawny rescue dog named “Weego” who responds to his name when he hears “Here Weego” (*groan*) and fetches Bud Lights from the fridge. The spot end with a push to to help raise money for the Animal Rescue Foundation.
Created by: McGarryBowen
Watch the teaser:

GM/Chevrolet: A spot teasing the 2013 Cadillac ATS at the two minute warning is called “Green Hell” and shows the car going around the Nurburgring test-drive circut.
Created by: Goodby, Silverstein and Partners
Sneak Peek:

SECOND HALF A 30-second ad called "Body Paint" features Danica Patrick and Jillian Michaels covering Colombian model Natalia Velez with body paint to tout the company’s “.co” domain names.
Created by: In-house
Watch “Body Paint”:


CareerBuilder: A 30-second spot called "Business Trip" that follows a guy going on a business trip with two chimpanzees. Yes, they’re back. Oh joy.
Created by: In-house
Watch it:

GM/Chevrolet: A consumer-generated 60-second spot, “Chevy Happy Grad”, will air created by a 26-year-old aspiring filmmaker from Long Island, NY. His film shows a new high school graduate who mistakenly thinks his parents gave him a new Camaro only to have a neighbor drive off in it. (DIGITAL NOTE: Chevy has been running a TV spot promoting a Chevy Game Time app that will be used to “engage fans during the game and the day after with trivia questions and prizes” as well as driving them to the Route 66 site to watch ads.)
Created by: Zach Borst. Goodby Silverstein and Partners is lead US agency for Chevrolet.
See the ad:

GM/Chevrolet: A :30 includes an open letter from GM’s CEO and touts the car’s virtues as a community builder and symbol of American know-how. (NOTE: a lighter ad will air post-game featuring aliens that show up at a guy’s garage at night to steal the car’s technology.)
Created by: Goodby, Silverstein and Partners

GM/Chevrolet: Chevy Silverado: :60 titled “2012” features the Silverado in a post-apocalyptic world.
Created by: Goodby, Silverstein and Partners
Watch the spot:

GM/Chevrolet: Chevy Sonic: The ad is a mosaic of video assets from the brand’s digital campaign aimed at younger consumers and shows extreme stunts Chevy did with the car (use it to play music, have it bungee-jump, and jump out of an airplane, etc). Music by “Ok Go” who also appears in the spot.
Created by: McCann and Pysop
Watch the ad:

Chrysler A :60 possibly for the Fiat 500 Abarth based on a “possible Super Bowl” spot they have posted on their Youtube page called “Seduction”. Thankfully J-Lo isn’t in it.
Created by: Unknown

Doritos: Latest news is that 2 30-second spots will air. Both will be winners of the now ubiquitous “Crash the Super Bowl” UGC spot. A The Lonely Island-created spot was set to air, but now Doritos have said that the winners of the 2 ads will get the chance to work with them in a future endeavor as part of prizing. The five Crash the Super Bowl finalist ads (in alphabetical order) are:
• “Bird of Prey” by Joby Harris. A guy takes on the mannerisms of a large bird constantly in search of Doritos, much to the delight of co-workers who egg him on:
• “Dog Park” by Tyler Dixon. A dog won’t learn new tricks until his owner tempts him with a Dorito, which then sends other dog owners into a feeding frenzy:
• “Hot Wild Girls” by Brad Scott. A re-do of the current State Farm commercials in which people verbally summon their agents and other goodies (a hot tub, the girl from 4E). Here, a guy has a “magic” cell phone via which he summons up bags of Doritios. His friend’s bad accent, however, calls up Rottweilers instead of “hot wild girls.” The HWGs actually make a cameo appearance at the end:
• “Man’s Best Friend” by Jonathan Friedman. A man sees his dog burying in the back yard the name tag of the family’s missing cat. The dog successfully buys the man’s silence with bags of Doritos:
• “Sling Baby” by Kevin T. Willson. A kid in a tree house teases his baby brother with a bag of Doritos. Grandma, who is babysitting the pair, uses her motorized wheel chair to turn the toddler’s elastic harness into a bungee cord, enabling him to take revenge on his older sibling:
“Created by”: Goodby Silverstein and Partners

Hulu: A :30 with Will Arnett is all that is currently known.
Created by: MDC Partners' Crispin Porter + Bogusky

Kia Optima Limited: "A Dream Car. For Real Life." is a 60-second spot that brings us into the dream of a guy who we find driving an Optima around a track filled with male fantasies includeing Adriana Lima scantily clad, mixed martial arts fighter Chuck Liddell set to Mötley Crüe onstage singing “Kickstart My Heart” (who knew that those guys were still relevant).
Created by: David & Goliath
Watch the ad:

Check out the extended :90 Version:

History Channel: A 30-second spot will promote the channel’s show, “Swamp People”.
Created by: In-house

Met Life: A :30 that features a surprising number of classic cartoon characters, including Charlie Brown.
Created by: Crispin Porter + Bogusky
Watch it:

PepsiCo: Pepsi A :60 ad features Melanie Amaro, the winner of Fox’s “X Factor” singing a contemporary version of "Respect" for Si Elton John, and even Flava Flav. "Shazam" the spot to view Amaro's music video for the song. The press release from Pepsi states, "the commercial ends with a twist and the tagline, "Where there's Pepsi, There's Music"."
Watch it:
See a Behind-The-Scenes Video:

Created by: TBWA /Chiat/Day

PepsiCo: Pepsi MAX A :45 featuring Regis Philbin and the Coke Zero truck driver.
Created by: TBWA /Chiat/Day

Priceline: After 14 years, William Shatner will be replaced by a new spokesperson on Super Bowl Sunday.
Created by: Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners
Good Bye Shatner? See "The Negotiator's Last Deal":

Samsung: More rumors flying here. Dabitch posted about this earlier last week which could continue their trashing of Apple fan boys and girls.
Created by: Unknown

American Suzuki Motor Corporation - “Sled”: A 30-second spot will air in 21 markets highlighting the 2012 Suzuki Kizashi sport sedan.The version (below) that airs during the game will feature the song “Movin’ on up” by 50 Cent. The pre-released version included music called “Party Still Jumpin’” by Benjamin Kahle Music.
Created by: Siltanen & Partners Advertising
Watch it:

In the bank’s first Super Bowl ad, they’ll be encouraging viewers use the commercial break to pee. As ad people, we all know that’s what the game is for. The ad will only air in Colorado at the end of the 3rd quarter.
Created by: TDA Boulder
See it:

BMW 3 Series: “The Big Grab” is a :30 spot by Kirschenbaum, Bond, Senecal + Partners that will air in the NY-Tristate area only during the game.
Watch it:

BMW 3 Series: “The Close Call” is a :30 spot by Kirschenbaum, Bond, Senecal + Partners that will air in the So Cal/LA area only during the game.
Watch it:

Jack-In-The-Box: “Marry Bacon” is a :30 second spot advertising their new BLT Cheeseburger Combo.
Watch it:


Kraft - belVita Breakfast: A :30 spot called "Breakfast Police".
Watch it:

Hyundai - Sonata: "All For One" is a 60-second spot right before kickoff for the Sonata features real employees at its Montgomery, AL plant in an absurd elaboration of Hyundai's "If at first you don't succeed..." and features the workers singing the theme from "Rocky".
See it:

Hyundai Genesis R-Spec: "Faster Acting" is a 30-second spot.

Hyundai Elantra "Victory Lap" is a 30-second spot.
See it here:

Downy Unstopables: Mean Joe Greene + Amy Sedaris ruin the classic in this remake. View it here:


Chevy Sonic: “Joy” is a :30 airing post-game with fantastic, adorable character design from Psyop via McCann.
Watch it:

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