Bring to life. To animate, to make life-like.
(Good) actors bring fictional characters to life, i.e. they make them real.
Last night I went to see a play, War Horse. It's the story of an English boy, his bond with a horse and a war, the Great War.
War Horse features both human actors and intricate puppets, who are transformed into living, breathing, emotional creatures.
See for yourself how Joe the horse, and the other animals are magically brought to life:
War Horse is based on a children's novel by Michael Morpurgo and it reached the London stage in 1997. The play has been a hit in the West End and will be opening in Broadway in 2011.
Intricate. Elaborate, having many complexly arranged elements.