Once again, the archives are taking a little break to bring you something interesting and topical: Super Bowl commercials!
Super Bowl commercials, as I mentioned in yesterday’s article, are always nostalgic. They could be from the previous year. If it left its mark on you, made you feel good, or made you hungry, thirsty, want a product, and had enough substance behind it to make you remember a year, five years, or twenty years later, then it is nostalgic.
Yesterday, we looked at some of the best ads of all time, as picked by TotalProSports. Today, we’re going to look at five of my favorite Super Bowl ads. Not all of them are from many years ago either. That’s the magic of nostalgia – Super Bowl is the one time I’m not picky about what qualifies as nostalgic.
All of that said, five of my favorites, in no particular order:
1. Denny’s – “Nannerpuss”
“And guess what, I love pancakes!”
Short, sweet, and to the most ridiculous point ever, a banana puppet sells pancakes. That’s it. There’s nothing else to it, a flapping banana that sells pancakes for its competition in less than 20 seconds. Millions of dollars were spent to remind you to get a real breakfast at a real restaurant. Like Denny’s.
I don’t know. I think I’d rather go where Nannerpuss is selling!
2. CareerBuilder.com – “Signs You Need A New Job”
One of my favorites, also from 2009. At that point in my life, I was a disgruntled clerk working at Not Bushwood Country Club. I wanted a new job, and I was using CareerBuilder to make that possible. As each reason was shown, I was practically yelling “YES! ALL OF THIS!”
Ok, not punching small animals, but THE REST OF THIS!
By the way, I did get my opportunity to escape a year later. I’m still there (and not disgruntled) eight years later.
3. Budweiser – Puppy Love
OMG, the feels, the feels, THE FREAKIN’ FEELS! That puppy and his determination to be with the Clydesdale he is buddies with. I’m tearing up, and what makes this worse, I’m watching this during my lunchbreak.
4. American Express – “Jon and Dana Do Miami”
1989. Do you know these guys? Sure you do! In 1989, they were “Not Ready For Primetime Players,” and they escaped New York City for Miami to go to the SUPER BOWL! But not everyone takes Visa, as Jon Lovitz came to find out. But don’t worry, Dana Carvey has American Express, so everything is covered.
I guess they had the weekend off to make the trip?
5. MasterCard – MacGyver
My Top 5 would be remiss if it didn’t include the mad skills of a certain mulleted 1980s Handyman Extraordinaire. In 2006, Mac was older, heavier, but his skills for breaking out of every impossible situation were master class.
And is it me, or did he seem a little less Mac, and a little more…Jack? I don’t know, I watch this commercial, and I think Richard Dean Anderson playing Colonel Jack O’Neill playing MacGyver. And this was the Pre-MacGruber years. Remember that time (in 2009) RDA made an appearance on Saturday Night Live as an older, still-mulleted Mac? The conversation went like this:
Me: Mom, isn’t that the guy who actually played MacGyver?
Mom: Yes it is.
Me: Wasn’t he really hot at one time?
Mom: Sure was.
I don’t know, I guess I just like my Hot 80s Everymen to look a little less like they could be my dad. Takes the fantasy out of it a little.
And there you have it, five commercials from Super Bowl past that I count among my favorites. What are your favorites? Do you like some of the ones you’ve seen here?
Have a great Super Bowl weekend. I’d say “Go (Insert Team Here),” but the Giants aren’t in it, and I abhor/detest/hate/dislike immensely the Patroits and the (shudder) Eagles. If there didn’t have to be a winner, I’d be happy. But alas, someone is going to win, and I’m still going to be bitter and unhappy that my team never had a chance this year.
Have a great weekend!