Happy Feet Two is having a hard time living up to the original and the resurgence of political conservatism in the U.S. may be to blame. The second installment of the arctic-themed franchise, like the first, emphasizes the effect of global warming through the experiences of penguins. This type of left-wing agenda pushing may have been able to fly in 2006, but this is 2011. Forty percent of American adults consider themselves conservative these days, and they won’t stand for a bunch of penguins dancing around spouting liberal environmentalism to their children. Happy Feet Two isn’t the only movie sequel this year to alienate conservatives. Pixar’s Cars 2 made the oil industry its bad guy, and it paid for it. The movie garnered 22 percent less than the original at the box office.
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