Etymology
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animated (adj.)

1530s, "alive," past-participle adjective from animate (v.). Meaning "mentally excited, lively" is from 1530s, that of "full of activity" is from 1580s. The moving pictures sense is attested from 1890. Related: Animatedly.

At present [Edison] is working at the 'Kinetograph,' a combination of the phonograph and the instantaneous photograph as exhibited in the zoetrope, by which he expects to produce an animated picture or simulacrum of a scene in real life or the drama, with its appropriate words and sounds. [J. Munro, "Heroes of the Telegraph," 1890]

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Definitions of animated

animated (adj.)
having life or vigor or spirit;
animated conversation
an animated and expressive face
became very animated when he heard the good news
Synonyms: alive
animated (adj.)
made to appear to move as living creatures do;
an animated cartoon
animated puppets
From wordnet.princeton.edu