MANHATTAN — While Super Bowl Sunday is still a few days off, it seems the only surprises awaiting fans will be the game itself — as many of the much-anticipated Super Bowl ads have already been leaked online.
The Giants are set to take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 46 Sunday in Indianapolis, and companies have shelled out millions of dollars for 30- or 60-second commercials between plays.
This year, those heavy hitters include Lexus, Dannon, Toyota, Hulu, Kraft and GoDaddy, to name a few, and guest appearances will range from Matthew Broderick reprising his role as Ferris Bueller to Jerry Seinfeld pulling out all the stops in his quest for a new Acura.
While some companies have released only 10- or 15-second teasers, several websites are already showing some of the ads in their entirety.
Volkswagen is looking to recapture some of the popularity of last year's ad, showing a child dressed as Darth Vadar believing he channeled the force to start his parents’ car.
In the new ad, Volkswagen turns to another tactic, featuring an overweight dog that goes on a quest to get back into shape. In an homage to last year’s success, the commercial culminates with a scene of "Star Wars" characters at a bar critiquing the 60-second spot.
EvenMayor Michael Bloomberg is testing his acting chops, starring alongside Boston Mayor Thomas Menino in an ad about illegal guns.
PepsiMax appeals to everyone’s worst nightmare about having an embarrassing item in the supermarket checkout line, capping it off with a cameo by Regis Philbin, and the Coca-Cola polar bears are back, along with a new penguin pal.
Super Bowl 46 airs on Sun., Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. on NBC.