Best Super Bowl ads for families

Here is a list of the top family-friendly ads shown during the Super Bowl.

7. Doritos "Time Machine"

Out of all the films in the Doritos "Crash The Super Bowl" contest, this is fan-favorite only took $200 to produce, according to A homemade "time machine" built out of a big box sits on a yard next to a boy and his dog. “Want to try out my time machine? It runs on Doritos,” says the little boy as his grown-up neighbor walks by with a bag of chips. After dumping his entire bag of chips out the back hatch of the time machine – and right into the boy's hands – the dog and boy enjoy the man’s snack while kicking the box and making rumbling noises with a megaphone. Cut to the end: An elderly man comes out and chases the trespassing boy off his lawn, then the time-machine patron emerges, takes the old-man's face in his hands and exclaims, “Jimmy? You’re so old!”

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