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WATCH: 10 Super Bowl ads you have to see

2019-02-04 06:00
 
Rapper Cardi B in this year's Pepsi Super Bowl adv

New York — This year's Super Bowl ads are designed to entertain and go down easy, as Stella Artois brings back Carrie Bradshaw and "The Dude" and the Backstreet Boys and Chance the Rapper remix the 1990s classic I Want It That Way for Doritos.

With ads costing more than $5m for 30 seconds of media time, advertisers are gambling that their spots will be among the few that stand out — hopefully, not by drawing internet scorn.

Many aim for laughs, like Amazon's ad about celebrity product testers. Others are taking another route, including a heartfelt Microsoft spot about an Xbox controller designed for gamers with disabilities.

"There's a movement toward more humour than usual and a lighter tone," Villanova marketing professor Charles Taylor said. "Advertisers are picking up on the fact that consumers are not wanting statements that cross into the political."

HERE ARE 10 ADS YOU HAVE TO SEE

Amazon

Harrison Ford, Forest Whitaker and other celebrities test out rejected Amazon products that feature its Alexa digital assistant, such as a talking electric toothbrush and a dog collar.

Anheuser-Busch

The beer maker's famous Clydesdale horses trot through a meadow dotted with wind turbines to the tune of Bob Dylan's Blowin' in the Wind, all to highlight how Bud gets brewed with renewable energy.

Colgate Total

Actor Luke Wilson plays a "close talker" (think back to Seinfeld for the reference) to illustrate the benefits of toothpaste and mouthwash.

Doritos

The 1990s boy band the Backstreet Boys makes a comeback with Chance the Rapper for a remix of I Want It That Way to promote the new Doritos flavor "Flamin' Hot Nacho."

Michelob Ultra

Zoe Kravitz uses auditory techniques —for instance, whispering into a microphone — to trigger "autonomous sensory meridian response," or ASMR, a relaxation state sometimes called "brain tingles”. An on-screen message reads, "Beer in its organic form."

Microsoft

Children with disabilities talk excitedly about the fun they have using an adaptive Xbox controller designed for players with mobility limitations.

Olay

A horror movie parody in which Sarah Michelle Gellar, threatened by a stalker in her home, can't unlock her phone with facial recognition — apparently because Olay products have improved her looks so much.

Stella Artois

To tout its partnership with Water.org, which helps provide clean water to the developing world, the beer maker shows two 1990s icons giving up their signature drinks for a philanthropy-supporting brew. The Dude — a Jeff Bridges character from "The Big Lebowski" —forgoes his White Russian, while Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City eschews her cosmopolitan.

Toyota

How is the car maker's new RAV4 Hybrid like Antoinette "Toni" Harris, a woman who plays football for a community college in California? Both say they shatter preconceptions.

Pepsi

Pepsi has long enlisted musicians and celebrities to help sell its drinks and snacks. This year Steve Carrell, Lil Jon and Cardi B get their chance. 

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