Animal-Themed Super Bowl Ads We Can't Wait to See on Sunday

Let's skip the pretending to care about the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots and just get to the part of the Super Bowl that almost everyone values most: the ads.

Thanks to the magic of YouTube and modern corporate marketing, many of the ads are already online! Gone are the days when we had to wait to see the ads until 6:30 p.m. or later on that glorious Sunday evening of things we actually care about — parties, dips and halftime entertainment. 

Without further ado, here are four of the commercials you can see now or look forward to seeing Sunday.

Budweiser: "Lost Dog"

If you're still sobbing happy tears over Budweiser's "Puppy Love" ad from the 2014 Super Bowl, get your tissues ready. This year's commercial is a highly anticipated follow-up to last year's ad, which has been watched 55 million times on YouTube. (We won't tell you how many of those 55 million views were ours.)

As if the storyline weren't enough to reduce you to a weepy mess, the spot features a mournful piano cover of The Proclaimers' '80s song "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" performed by Sleeping at Last.

Mercedes-Benz: "Fable" 

We love this gorgeous, animated retelling of the classic Aesop's fable The Tortoise and the Hare. It also doesn't hurt that the shelled underdog gets a little help from a 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S sports car.

AdWeek reports that the spot comes from New York agency Merkley + Partners and was directed by Robert Stromberg, known for his work on MaleficentAvatar and Alice in Wonderland. So if you think this commercial has a bit of a Hollywood feel to it, now you know why.

Doritos: "Angler" and "When Pigs Fly"

OK, before we get you too amped to see these two ads on your big screen, we have to tell you that we're not sure which Doritos commercial will actually air during the big game. It's all part of Doritos' Crash the Super Bowl competition, in which fan-created videos are voted on online before the big game, and the one that garners the most votes gets to air during the Super Bowl and wins its creators $1 million.

Now, if you're a true aficionado of animal-themed Super Bowl ads, you'll remember the winning Doritos spot from 2012, starring Huff the Great Dane. We checked in with Huff during the height of his Doritos fame, and he was hobnobbing with his hometown's mayor and receiving the key to the city.

Will one of these two contenders below win the Doritos competition and achieve Huff-level fame? There are only 10 finalists left, so we'd say these two videos have a pretty good shot!

Which ads are you looking forward to seeing during the 2015 Super Bowl? Let us know in the comments below.

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