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When you're a kid, you're taught to tell a grown up or call the police if you are in trouble or you see something wrong. Hearing that some green creature hates Christmas and intends to steal and ruin your favorite holiday, well, that's more than a bit disconcerting and plenty of cause to call 911. That's exactly what happened with a Jackson, Mississippi boy on Saturday when he called the police to have Mount Crumpit's grouchiest resident arrested.
After watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas for the first time, five-year-old TyLon Pittman, who loves Christmas, sought to deliver the Grinch to justice before he could enact his nefarious plan. The young boy told his mother that he had called the police and she told him he better not have and assumed he was joking. But about an hour later, she found out just how serious TyLon was. TeDera Dwayne Graves, TyLon's older brother and a member of the Air Force, answered the door to find Lauren Develle, an officer from the local Byram Police Department. The officer said she was responding to a call from a boy who watched the Grinch story and was worried about his Christmas being stolen. As reported by CBS News, TyLon showed the officer the YouTube clip he had seen and let her know how concerned he was about the Grinch.
This kid was no Cindy Lou either; he was not looking to diagnose why the Grinch's heart was two sizes too small, he wanted him locked up. Officer Develle accommodated the boy's concerns and let him know that she would not let the Grinch steal his Christmas and if he showed up to do so, they could take him to jail. But TyLon was not so sure and still had concerns about the safety of everyone's presents and decorations. He thought that the Grinch should be put away for any future crimes he might commit. So, on Monday night, he was invited to the station to lock the Grinch up for good. There, along with Officer Develle and Police Chief Luke Thomopson, TyLon met the Grinch and closed the door on his cell.
This is the kind of awesome community building type stuff that you love to see. The police officers didn't have to respond to the call, but they did and then on top of that, they brought the kid down to the station and had someone dress up as the Grinch so that TyLon wouldn't worry about a Grinch on the loose trying to ruin his Christmas. TyLon wants to be a police officer when he grows up, so he even got to sit in the squad car, take a tour of the station and received an invitation to apply when he grows up. He was also given a copy of Dr. Seuss' classic book. Maybe once he reads that and sees how big the Grinch's heart grows, he'll consider letting him out of jail.
Soon, kids everywhere will have a new Grinch to call the cops on as Universal and Illumination Entertainment are planning an animated reboot of the Christmas classic. This time, the man behind Smaug, Benedict Cumberbatch, will be voicing Dr. Seuss' most curmudgeonly creation. While the film was initially scheduled to hit this year, it has since been delayed. Now, the new animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas is scheduled to steal its way into theaters next holiday season on November 9, 2018 and it's not the only interesting new Christmas movie we have to look forward to. For all of the biggest releases hitting next year, check out our release guide, and for all the latest in fictional villains being brought to justice, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.