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

adj having life or vigor or spirit

“an animated and expressive face”
animated conversation”
“became very animated when he heard the good news”
enlivened, spirited
made lively or spirited
full of life, lively, vital
full of spirit
reanimated, revived
given fresh life or vigor or spirit
not animated or enlivened; dull
lacking animation or excitement or activity
lacking vitality as from weariness or illness or unhappiness
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adj 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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