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DDB Chicago's Mark Gross Shares 6 Great Super Bowl Spots from 2016



DDB ECD uses his 'fool-proof scientifically proven formula' to whittle down his favourite ads

DDB Chicago's Mark Gross Shares 6 Great Super Bowl Spots from 2016

Every year after the Super Bowl I hear the same thing, “The spots weren’t as good as last year.” I hear it from friends, industry trade magazines, my parents, colleagues, etc. I disagree. Over the past 20 years, the ads haven’t gotten better or worse; some are great, some are good and some are just plain awful. I like to use my patented 10, 20, 40, 30 ratio. 10% are great, 20% are good, 40% are average and 30% will stink.  Based on a 60 ad lineup that makes 6 great ads, 12 good ads, 24 average ads and 18 terrible ads. Please check my math, I’m an art director.

Based on my fool-proof scientifically proven formula here are what I think were the “6 great spots”(excluding the 2 ads from where I work - DDB Chicago).

Kia, “Walken Closet” was a funny spot with a nice surprise. Well written, comedy dialogue isn’t easy to pull off and Kia nailed it. Plus, Walken is a genius and he makes everything he touches better.

Audi did better than last year with their “Commander” spot.  Simple storytelling, beautifully shot, nicely cast and using a Bowie track was icing on the cake. It was a mini feature.

I really loved the Amazon Echo “Baldwin Bowl” spot. Anyone with enough writing skills to make Dan Marino funny is a script master.  They also get kudos for pulling off a smartly written ad with multiple celebrities. Schwartzman, Baldwin, Missy and Marino in one room could have spelled disaster.

Though it won’t stand the test of time I liked the topical T Mobile “Restricted Bling” spot. Well written and well acted. I was smiling throughout the spot. But you have to be a fan of Drake and Hotline bling to truly enjoy the parody.

I’ve wanted to use Seal in a commercial for years now so I’m jealous the NFL did it first with “Super Bowl Babies.” Featuring kids who were conceived on Super Bowl night is a great concept. Fun spot to watch and it brings a smile to your face.

Rounding out my top 6 is the No More “Text Talk” domestic violence ad. It was poignant, simple and arresting - all the ingredients that make for a thought provoking, powerful commercial. It was a smart move to do a quiet spot in the midst of all the big game commotion. Speak softly and carry a big message.  Well done.

This year was no different than years past. Lots of celebs, comedy, babies, talking animals, famous songs and special effects. Next year…more monkeys’ is always nice.

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DDB North America, Mon, 15 Feb 2016 17:54:44 GMT