Dr. Seuss created the Grinch, but it took Chuck Jones to make him move. And that mangy coyote, Wile. E., with his ACME jet pack strapped to his back? It was Chuck Jones who choreographed those whistling plummets into vaguely Southwestern canyons and the poignant aerial views of exploding would-be predator bits. Beep- beep. Animation pioneer Jones also worked with Bugs, Daffy, Elmer, Porky, and Tom and Jerry. Literary critic Kenner (Historical Fictions, 1990, etc.) muses on Jones and the art of animation in this entry, one of three that are kicking off the new Portraits of American Genius series from the University of California Press. The other two are Greg Sarris's Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream, profiling the Pomo basket weaver and medicine woman, and Yvonne Fern's Gene Roddenberry: The Last Conversation, a discussion with the creator of Star Trek.