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Eddie's Lil' Homies set for February 16 release

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The release date for a new children's animated comedy series inspired by books from AFL legend Eddie Betts has been confirmed.

Eddie's Lil' Homies will be available on both NITV and Netflix in Australia and New Zealand from February 16.

The ten-part series is based around Eddie and his group of friends on their playground adventures.

The show stars Hunter Page-Lochard, Miah Madden, Andrew Dang and Billy Betts as voice actors.

It is produced by Sophie Byrne of Highly Spirited, Eddie Betts and Anna Scullie of Betts Promotions with Mark O'Toole as the executive producer.

Betts said that he was excited for the release of the animated series and was honoured to work with so many Indigenous people throughout the production process.

"I can't wait for children all over Australia to watch, laugh and rap along with each episode," the former Carlton Blue and Adelaide Crow said.

"I could never have imagined when Anna and I published the first Eddie's Lil' Homies book that it would inspire an animated series with such a great group of characters and that the whole idea would attract such talent to every stage of production.

Betts' books My People and My Kind. (Image: Facebook/Eddie's Lil' Homies)

"It's also been great to have been able to work with so many Aboriginal creatives across the series, from directing to script writers to musicians, on our first children's television series."

Betts' books My Kind and My People aim to promote acceptance and equality among children with his aim to harness the power of unity and positivity through storytelling.

The Eddie's Lil' Homies website states that the book hope to inspire young children to read.

"We aim to motivate and inspire literacy and learning in children," it says.

"Eddie Betts, having experienced the challenges of illiteracy himself when he entered the AFL at a young age, understands the disadvantages it can bring.

"Our educational books empower kids to read with confidence and enjoyment while allowing them to infuse their own personality into the stories."

The AFL legend has a magnificent 350-game career with Carlton and Adelaide and is considered one of the greatest small forwards of all-time.

He earned three All-Australian guernseys and won his club's leading goalkicker award on six occasions, four at the Crows and twice with the Blues.

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