Twelve year-old Rabbit spends most of his days, drawing, collecting comics, and avoiding the teasing of his peers. Insecure and shy, Rabbit dreads dancing in the upcoming powwow and begins to draw Waabooz, a superhero that embodies his desired self; bold and unafraid. Through traditional storytelling, imagination and a little magic, Rabbit’s mysterious Grandfather helps bring Waabooz to life.
"Waabooz” is a character driven drama about a boy and his common-place adolescent struggles. The film is set
on a reservation that is both breathtaking and stark in landscape.The story is conveyed with the grit of realism, and a magical realism born from Rabbit's artistic imagination. Rabbit's character progression is brought to fruition by his Grandfather’s imparting of tradition and the spiritual strength that comes with it. The thematic overtones of the film are family, relationships, culture, tradition, bullying, insecurities and the the capacity to rise above.
As the script is written, Rabbit’s grandfather tells Rabbit a story about Waabooz in his oral tradition and while Rabbit daydreams, rich illustrations are brought to life in comic book format. Nicolas Selma illustrated the 2 minute animation that plays midway through the live action story line.