Something that seems full of life and movement is said to be animated. Animated films for television and movies include cartoons, Claymation, puppets, and computer-generated images, which are all simulations of living things.

The Latin animāre "give breath to" is the basis for the word animated. The business of animated films has grown with the advent of computers, but the idea of animating something began long before cartoons and CGI. In Mary Shelley's classic 19th-century novel "Frankenstein," the monster, built of dead parts, is animated by electrical impulses, an idea that "sparked" a fascination with regeneration that survives to this very day.

Definitions of animated
  1. adjective
    having life or vigor or spirit
    “an animated and expressive face”
    animated conversation”
    “became very animated when he heard the good news”
    synonyms: alive
    enlivened, spirited
    made lively or spirited
    full of life, lively, vital
    full of spirit
    reanimated, revived
    given fresh life or vigor or spirit
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    not animated or enlivened; dull
    lacking animation or excitement or activity
    lacking vitality as from weariness or illness or unhappiness
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  2. adjective
    made to appear to move as living creatures do
    “an animated cartoon”
    animated puppets”
    used of a series of photographs presented so as to create the illusion of motion
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