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animated (adj) lively; energetic; excited.
To be animated is to be lively and excited. To animate something is to make it very interesting and exciting. An animated debate is a lively debate in which people participate actively and with enthusiasm. It is an exciting debate. A conversation between two friends meeting after a long time could be lively and interesting for them, so their conversation could be animated. When you receive happy news, your face is animated.
- Susanís face became animated when she heard the news of her husbandís selection as the captain of the baseball team.
- Walt Disney perfected the technique of making movies with animated pictures of animals and human beings.