The Superbowl's 14 Biggest WTF Commercial Moments

By Luke Y. Thompson in Daily Lists, Movies, TV, Tech, Toys
Monday, February 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

8.Goldie Blox Realizes Slade Are an Easier Target Than the Beastie Boys

Well, after all, they did let Quiet Riot build an entire career based off of covering their tunes. Surely they won't mind selling toys for girls.

9. Ellen DeGeneres Goes to a Furry Convention

That is what's happening in this, right?

10. James Franco Claims to Be Rob Riggle, but Doesn't Remotely Try to Impersonate Him

Wouldn't this ad have been just as good, and less confusing, if he just said "I'm James Franco"?

11. Sarah McLachlan's Weird Bit of Self-Parody

Look, I like that she's a good sport about sending up her image as the painfully earnest advocate for pet adoption. But perhaps placing her in a commercial advocating for a dangerous mutant dog who looks like Milo from The Mask is just a wee bit counterproductive. Yes, it's a reductio ad absurdum, but it's basically implying that some misguided canine breeds are dangerous and ought to be put down.

Oh, wait...it was selling a car? When?

12. Radio Shack Gives Us Bubo, Chucky, ALF, Hulk Hogan and the California Raisins All in One Ad

Okay, this ad was really good. The WTF factor here is that they can afford the money to get all these licensed characters, when they should be putting it towards making products that don't break after you use them just one time.

13. Stephen Colbert Opens His Head to Reveal a Pistachio

Weirdly disturbing. It gets the product and brand across loud and clear - but associates it with possibly unintentional creepiness.

14. The Michael Bay Movie Had the Best Trailer

Regardless of how you think Transformers: Age of Extinction is going to be, let's look at what this trailer did that none of the others did:

-It showed completely new footage.

-It revealed Grimlock, which is what we were waiting for - but did it so quickly it got people freeze-framing and rewinding.

-It offered a genuine tease - a glimpse that leaves the viewer with more questions as to what the movie's actually about.

-It was - unlike many Bay trailers - comprehensibly edited.

Bravo, Paramount marketing.

Most of the commercials can be viewed all in one spot on YouTube. Which ones stood out to you?


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