[Adjective] A type of film where drawings or puppets that cannot move on their own look as if they are moving around. Example: Mickey Mouse is a famous animated character.
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An'i·ma`ted adjective Endowed with life; full of life or spirit; indicating animation; lively; vigorous. ' Animated sounds.' Pope. ' Animated bust.' Gray. ' Animated descriptions.' Lewis. Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/webster/A/85