A look at the top Super Bowl 2012 television spots, according to voters on Hulu.
Volkswagen: The bark side teaser
Opinions will remain all over the map--sort of along the lines of Eli versus Brady: Who is the more clutch quarterback?--but some of Sunday's parade of Super Bowl ads struck a chord with viewers, according to the voting on Hulu. Here for your consideration, then, the early verdict according to vox populi. Heading the list, Volkswagen's bark-side teaser. Pretty clever. How could anyone not like dogs dressed as "Star Wars" characters barking the "Imperial March" theme? Adorable. Click here to see the ad on Hulu.
Shades of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," Matthew Broderick appeared in Honda's advertisement for its CR-V, spending a day much like his Ferris character did more than a quarter century ago goofing off. Click here to see the ad on Hulu.
Another "Star Wars" reference--again from VW--where an out-of-shape family dog slims down to the point where the pooch can chase after a VW Beetle. The action cuts to the "Star Wars" bar scene at the end, where the locals have been watching the dog on the big screen--just before Darth Vader arrives on the scene. What happens next? Now that would make for a cool sequel. Click here to see the ad on Hulu.
Mr. Quiggly leaves a pack of greyhounds in the dust and then moonwalks across the finish line while wearing Sketchers' GoRun sneakers. Maybe it's just me but there was an eerie resemblance between this ad and Ahmad Bradshaw's "reluctant touchdown." Click here to see the ad on Hulu.
Not a word gets spoken between the actors appearing in Dannon Company's first-ever Super Bowl commercial for yogurt, "The Tease." But the spot lives up to its moniker as it very definitely teases viewers along until the surprise finish. Click here to see the ad on Hulu.
This was a clever spot but the back story leading up to its showing is all the more delish. The spot spoofs the Mayan calendar's predicted 2012 doomsday scenario where, according to the General Motors ad, survival is linked to driving a Chevrolet Silverado (naturally.) A day earlier, Ford protested, demanding that GM not put the ad on the air and remove it from the Internet. Why? In the commercial, the guy who drove a Ford F-150 pickup was the lone person who failed to show up at a rendezvous point after the world as we know it came to an abrupt end. Click here to see the ad on Hulu.
A collection of beaucoup beautiful vampires partying down in the woods suddenly disintegrate when they find themselves accidentally in the LED head beams of an Audi S7. Click here to see the ad on Hulu.
Jerry Seinfeld, the "Soup Nazi" and Jay Leno all appear in Acura's first Super Bowl ad. Seinfeld and Leno wind up in an amusing bidding war to be the first recipient of the new Acura NSX. Click here to see the ad on Hulu.
The public apparently can't get enough of the E*Trade baby doling out his world-weary wisdom--in this case bucking up a new father worried about planning for his daughter's future. Click here to see the ad on Hulu.