an·​i·​mat·​ic ˌa-nə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce animatic (audio)
plural animatics
: a preliminary sequence of shots, images, or sketches (as for a movie or an animated television program) that is filmed or arranged usually with a sound track and viewed to determine its effectiveness before being finalized
The final step before the material gets sent across the Pacific Ocean is an animatic of the episode, a filming of the layout drawings that gives a rudimentary sense of how the show will move. There's no color and the movements are, at best, jerky, but the animatic gives the producers a chance to see how the drawings and voices work together.Joe Rhodes, Entertainment Weekly, 18 May 1990

Word History


probably blend of animated and schematic entry 2

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of animatic was in 1977

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“Animatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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