Tales from Radiator Springs "To Protect and Serve" (lost unreleased episode of "Cars" animated miniseries; 2015)

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Didi 07 and Mike 05, two characters introduced in the short.

Status: Lost

"To Protect and Serve" is the unreleased 5th episode of the Tales from Radiator Springs series. The short was first announced at D23 Expo 2013 alongside the aired Radiator Springs 500 1/2 short. In March 2014, it was announced that a short was due to release in 2015. In October of the same year, it was discovered that the short was called To Protect and Serve.[1]

But 2015 came and went, and although diecasts for both the new characters (pictured above) and the pre-existing characters were made, along with a children’s book version of the short, the short has never aired. Pixar has yet to explain why the short hasn’t been released yet.


When Sheriff takes a mandatory vacation, two overzealous rookies from County take over his duties in Radiator Springs. Bent on making a good impression to score commendations, the rookies over-do every aspect of their jobs, finding "crimes" at every turn and turning the quiet little town into a hotbed of taped-off crime scenes. No one is safe and everyone's a suspect until Sheriff senses an imbalance and returns home to right the "justice" that’s been served.


No video of the short has ever been shown to the public. However, the children’s book does contain images from the short. It has been speculated that the story in the book, as simple as it is, could be the same as the one in the short. Since then, no other shorts have been announced after To Protect and Serve, and it is likely the series has ended or been cancelled.


The children’s book version of the short.

A ruff interpretation of the short.

See Also



Animation (Disney)

Animation (Pixar)


Live Action

Short Films


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