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Our Favorite 2014 Super Bowl Ads Both Aired and Unaired [Video]

Whether or not you care about the Super Bowl, you probably know that it marks the airing of some of the best commercials and that companies spend a lot of effort and money to make an impression. We’ve collected our favorite Super Bowl commercials as well as a couple commercials that won’t be aired during the game but are clearly related to it.  From Tom Hiddleston in a Jaguar commercial to the Muppets being awesome, there’s a lot to love here.  On a related note, if you’re going to watch the Super Bowl and you see any gross and sexist ads, you can always tweet about them with the hashtag #notbuyingit to tell the advertisers you’re not interested in the way they sell things. And hey, if you were only going to watch for the ads, accept this as your excuse to spend your day doing something else. Commercials start after the jump!

Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong, and Tom Hiddleson make it seem so good to be bad in this Jaguar commercial. Enjoy the accents!

(via Io9)

This beautiful and moving commercial about Native American culture and the movement to change the name of the Washington Redskins won’t be aired during the Super Bowl, but it’s worth watching and remembering.

(via ThinkProgress)

We posted the shorter version of this Muppets and Terry Crews commercial before but here’s a longer commercial that’s basically a music video.  Less Terry Crews, sadly, but it’s still awesome.

(via ToughPigs)

Morpheus as played by Laurence Fishburne is back in this Kia commercial and it’s less cheesy and more hilarious. We dare you not to laugh out loud about halfway through (you’ll know why).

(via Laughing Squid)

This is another one that apparently won’t be aired during the Super Bowl. Featuring the aca-awesome Anna Kendrick and some excellent snark.

(via Nerdist)

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  • Anonymous

    I would like to commend Coca-Cola’s “America the Beautiful” commercial.

  • Lien

    The horse and puppy commercial!

  • Anonymous

    There was an NFL one that had a girl football player. She as only on for ~3 seconds, but still: a girl football player!!!!

  • Vian Lawson

    Definitely; I thought the Cheerios one was a shoo-in for Cutest in Show, till I saw that one.

    I’m still not drinking Bud, though. Although, if there’s a golden lab puppy in the shelter next time I’m there …

  • Creent1978

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  • Adrian

    There were only a handful that I liked or found funny. I watched a lot of them on sites before they aired during the Super Bowl. Pretty lackluster for such cost.

    I’ll admit that my favorite thing about the Super Bowl commercials the last couple of years are the film teasers. Captain America and Spidey are lookin’ good.

  • Anonymous

    I just spent 20 minutes trying to say “But was she bit by a moose?” in the same style as this. Unicode is hard, guys.

  • Channelgirl

    Sean Astin as Rudy, in Slow Clap CarMax commercial:

  • AnnaB

    I had a good, loud laugh at the Kia Morpheus commercial. Halfway through, when he started doing his thing, I just threw my head back and guffawed. It was awesome.

  • Charley Sumner

    The Audi commercial about crossbreeding a Doberman Pinscher and a Chihuahua to get a Doberhuahua had us in stitches and reminded me of the numerous games which have inexplicable animal breeding as a mechanic.

  • Marie

    I liked the Jaguar one, along with the Muppets/Terry Crewes. I also liked Stephen Colbert/Pistachios and the 80s Radio Shack commercial.

  • Anonymous

    I love the commercial, detest the beer(s).

  • Anonymous

    The ad to change the Red Skins was so, so well done. It’s really important to show how many different nations and differences there are within the native american population. They are not just one big group to lumped together but people that have their own specific history. It is absolutly shameful that a slur is still a name for a football team. There is no possible excuse I will hear from anyone on this – that needs to change, it 2014. That is fucking tragic.

  • EricP

    As if I need more reasons to love Anna Kendrick, that Newcastle bit is hilarious.

  • Tiny Tina Booom

    I love the idea, but the Spanish translation doesn’t make sense (and the girl’s heavy accent made me go WTF?).

  • Anonymous
  • Tiny Tina Booom

    Thanks, I saw that and looked for the lyrics (because it was still hard to understand,and I don’t think she’s a native speaker) before commenting.