There’s a moment in Fantastic Mr. Fox, which I saw on Thanksgiving last year I think, when there’s a black wolf on a hill sillhouetted and mr. Fox stops and salutes him. I thought that moment was the most awesome of the whole film but didn’t really understand why there was some random wolf in the movie. But while doing some googling (wolf fantastic mr. fox) I found this article saying the moment was racist because the salute was a black power sign, and Wes Anderson is racist, but a comment on the article explains it all:
I think it shows that Mr Fox is afraid of his wild side and yet desires greatly to live it due to fears that he has become domesticated. The wolf represents pure, unbridled, rugged and wild power. Mr Fox tries to communicate with it but realises that being wild is not for him and is best left to the wolf. He exchanges a symbol of brotherhood with the wolf and returns to his family and community while the wolf returns to its harsh forest, not needing a thing in the world, being truly free. I don’t see what it has to do with race.
I also found a cool but critical article about Wes Anderson where he speaks about the wolf scene:
“There were some people who didn’t like the wolf scene,” says Anderson. “In particular one very important person. And he said, I don’t understand what this scene is doing in the movie. And I would always say to him, I’m not cutting it. That scene is why I’m making the movie.”
And here is an interview with Jason Schwartzman talking about how the wolf scene was filmed, what it means to him, and how it’s his favorite scene in the movie. Just in case any one out there, like me, was curious about that scene in the movie.