a motion picture consisting of a sequence of drawings, each so slightly different that when filmed and run through a projector the figures seem to move.
Origin of animated cartoon
First recorded in 1910–15
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British Dictionary definitions for animated cartoon
a film produced by photographing a series of gradually changing drawings, etc, which give the illusion of movement when the series is projected rapidly
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