A person who is very expressive with how he/she feels.
For example, if someone is happy, they would smile. A person who is animated will be grinning and walking with a rhythm-like step to express their happiness, like a cartoon character.
To be deceased yet exhibit qualities of life. Animated creature are often referred to as undead yet need not necessarily be so.
A necromancer animated zombies and skeletons, but only after being schooling the correct art of shoveling.