- Posted by Giaco Furino
- On February 1, 2015
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- super bowl
Grab the chips and salsa as we take a look at the nine geekiest, most-nerd-friendly commercials ever to air during a Super Bowl. Known the world over as a generally non-nerdy event, the Super Bowl sneaks in all kinds of great geeky goodness. From tech-commercials to cartoon characters, from aliens to cats, I’ve scoured YouTube to find the geekiest Super Bowl commercials out there.
Volkswagen: The Force (2011)
This car commercial’s a no-brainer. How could I write about the geekiest Super Bowl ads of all time and leave out this Volkswagen commercial? Starring a pint-sized Darth Vader, this ad epitomizes the struggles we all felt as young, force-less padawans.
Doritos: Dorito Ninja (2010)
All my life I’ve been training for this very moment. I have to pick the geekiest of all Doritos commercials. Come on, man… focus… you can do this… okay! “Dorito Ninja” by Doritos. That’s my choice. ::The crowd goes wild:: (My mom is so proud).
FedEx: Alien (2004)
Who says Super Bowl fans don’t like a little Sci-fi in their ad block? This great spot by FedEx features a clever premise and pretty great practical effects. Where did they get that alien suit?
Air Nike: Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny (1992)
We always knew Michael Jordan had a geeky side. Years before the bizarre wonder that would become ‘Space Jam’, MJ and Bug Bunny teamed up to play basketball with a couple of thugs. Full of dumb puns, visual gags, and wacky cartoon effects, this Super Bowl ad was a slam dunk for nerds everywhere.
EDS: Cat Herders (2000)
The internet took notice when digital management firm EDS launched this Super Bowl ad. Few things are as important to the world-wide web as cats, so I threw this commercial into the mix to appease the masses. Hilarious, well-produced, and featuring tons of adorable cats, “Cat Herders” is a commercial we won’t soon forget.
Bud Light: The Magic Fridge (2006)
On the surface this ad may look like another one for the jocks in the room, but think again! Bud Light’s “The Magic Fridge” ad featuring James Bond-esque trickery, stupid people worshipping technology, and chanting.
Bridgestone: Reply All (2011)
Anyone cooped up in an office all day feels the pain of this Super Bowl ad. Never. Hit. Reply. All. You may not think this ad is too geeky, but for an audience as big as the Super Bowl’s, talking about an ancillary function of emails is pretty niche!
Honda CRV: Matthew Broderick’s Day Off (2012)
Nothing says geeky like a carefully executed spoof on one of the best “cool nerd” movies of the 1980s. With “Matthew Broderick’s Day Off” (shown above in its extended cut) the film star retreads familiar “Ferris Bueller” ground and the effect is, if nothing else, totally charming and nostalgic!
Apple: 1984 (1984)
Often held up as the best commercial of all time, “1984” by Apple sent shock waves around the world when it hit during a 3rd quarter break at Super Bowl XVIII. Set in a dystopian future a la Orwell’s novel, and directed by… you ready for this… Ridley Scott, this commercial went above and beyond most ads for cars and chips.
That’s it for some old favorites, but be sure to check in on our 2015 list to see if any of this year’s crop deserves to make it onto this list.