Do you know ghouls from goblins and ghosts?
1530s, "alive," past participle adjective from animate (v.). Meaning "mentally excited" is from 1530s; "full of activity" from 1580s. The "moving pictures" sense is attested from 1895; of cartoons from 1897. Related: Animatedly.
"alive," late 14c., from Latin animatus (see animate (v.)).