Which was your favorite Super Bowl ad?
From a strange creature called "Puppymonkeybaby" to a tear inducing Audi ad, Super Bowl ads ran the gamut this year from offbeat humor to heartfelt messages.
On advertising's biggest night, Chrysler celebrated Jeep with an ad featuring black-and-white portraits of veterans, kids and pop icons. In Audi's spot, a depressed aging astronaut remembers his joy for life by driving an Audi sports car with his son. And in a quirky Doritos ad, a fetus in a sonogram appears to rocket out of the womb to chase a bag of chips the mother angrily tossed away.
The goal for advertisers: to stand out and win over the 114 million-plus people watching the big game on Super Bowl Sunday. With ads costing a record $5 million for 30 seconds this year, the stakes were high to stand out from the 40-plus advertisers and be remembered.
Offbeat humor reigned with a creature called "Puppymonkeybaby" - pretty much exactly what it sounds like - in an ad for Mountain Dew's Kickstart. The ad sought to show that three great things go together, since Kickstart combines Mountain Dew, juice and caffeine.
"It's on my list of the weirdest ad of the night, but it's very catchy and people will be talking about it," said Kelly O'Keefe, a marketing professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Heartfelt messages were in abundance too. SunTrust's ad urged people to take a breath and feel better about their financial health. BMW's Mini urged people to "defy labels."
Most ads managed to avoid the somber tone struck last year, when an ad for Nationwide about preventable household accidents bummed out many in the audience.
There were a couple of misfires. Two pharmaceutical ads highlighted unappealing digestive conditions.
"This just isn't a topic that people want to hear about during a Super Bowl," said Villanova University marketing professor Charles Taylor.
Mountain Dew's ad might have been the weirdest ad of the night, but Doritos' ad also seemed likely to divide viewers. The spot showed a couple during a sonogram. When the mother throws away a bag of Doritos, the fetus seems to zoom after it, to the consternation of all present.
"It caught you a little off guard, but it fit the brand," said O'Keefe.
Some Super Bowl watchers agreed. Brian Kearney, a CPA in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was watching the game with about 15 people and said the ad was a hit with his friends.
"I thought it was hysterical, we all cracked up," Kearney said.
Some advertisers created mini-movies. Toyota went long with a 90-second ad depicting bank robbers who use a Prius 4 to escape from police. LG enlisted Liam Neeson in a futuristic spot showing off LG's new OLED 4K TV. Hyundai's "The Chase" ad, echoed "The Revenant," showing people escaping grizzly bears by using Hyundai's remote start feature.
CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
Why did ads rely more on humor this year?
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