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Imaginary LifePlay
Use 'animate' for things normally without life, as if they're alive. SlideHis storytelling animated the mythical creatures.
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Energizing EffectPlay
'Animate' often implies giving energy or vibrancy to something. SlideThe cheerleader's routine animated the crowd.
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Non-literal UsePlay
Can be used metaphorically to describe non-physical animation, like conversations. SlideTheir debate was animated by a clash of ideas.