On Friday, during a US Disney Channel airing of Up, Pixar released three news Cars Toons, subtitled Shorty Shorts. For those who missed it - or those outside of the US who didn't get a chance to catch them - the shorts are now online at Disney.com.
Normally these videos are region locked, but embedding seems to bypass that; all three, now billed as Tales From Radiator Springs, are embedded below.
The three shorts are the first Cars Toons outside of the Mater's Tall Tales series, and indeed Mater makes only very fleeting appearances in them. This seems as though it might be the start of a new series, and that may not be a bad thing - the shorts were a lot of fun (I particularly liked Hiccups, although it does feature the least convincing hiccup sounds ever recorded), had absolutely brilliant animation (courtesy of Pixar Canada) and it should keep the kids happy, while keeping critics pacified that a Cars 3 isn't on the way.
The Toons were directed by Jeremy Lasky and produced by Mary Alice Drumm, and I certainly think they've done a bang up job. Now hopefully we can see some IncrediToons in the not-too-distant future...