animated cartoon


: a motion picture that is made from a series of drawings, computer graphics, or photographs of inanimate objects (such as puppets) and that simulates movement by slight progressive changes in each frame

Examples of animated cartoon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Olivia Rodrigo went vintage for Halloween this year, opting to dress up as the iconic animated cartoon character, Betty Boop. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 31 Oct. 2022 To the narcissist, all other people are cardboard cutouts, two-dimensional animated cartoon characters, or symbols. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, 14 June 2022 Like the animated cartoon character of the same name, Lisa Simpson arrived on the scene in 1980s. Rafael Guerrero,, 8 June 2021 The creator of the Nyan Cat meme, which features an animated cartoon cat with a Pop-Tart for a torso, sold an non-fungible token for 300 ether last month, equivalent to nearly $600,000 at the time of sale. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2021 In far-ranging classroom discussions, Dr. Macksey was likely to quote from Greek poetry (in the original Greek, of course) and, on another day, to discuss the animated cartoons of Chuck Jones. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, 26 July 2019 To the disappointment of many OG Disney viewers, the first wave of Disney+ releases was missing a few key series from the Disney Channel, namely the two-season animated cartoon The Proud Family. Ineye Komonibo,, 7 Jan. 2020 The nine-minute video features photographs and videos of UCSD, but is mostly an animated cartoon that was produced by the California State University system. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Oct. 2019 The soundtrack from an animated cartoon was blaring. Elliott Hester, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of animated cartoon was in 1905

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“Animated cartoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

animated cartoon

: a movie that is made from a series of drawings, computer graphics, or photographs of inanimate objects (as puppets) and that gives the appearance of motion by small changes in each frame

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