Two days later, the Super Bowl ads have been analyzed to death. We all know which ad was the most popular, most recalled and most reviled. But some of you might be wondering, "Yeah, but what does PETA think?" Actually, the animal-rights group was nice enough to list its top-five Super Bowl ads, a ranking that's based less on creative than on the non-use of real animals during filming. Thus, the winner this year is the Bridgestone spot shown here, which features three buddies unloading a whale into the ocean. In this case, Bridgestone got kudos for not using a real whale but an animatronic one. Others on the list include Cars.com's "Timothy Richman," which included a CGI tiger, and, or course, that Doritos commercial that showed a jerky guy teasing a dog and then getting his comeuppance. PETA didn't have a bottom five, but as one commenter pointed out, the Denny's ad pronouncing it was "a good day for Dennys, a bad day for chickens" would likely top that list.
—Posted by Todd Wasserman