What is it called when we give inanimate objects human qualities or characteristics? For example, in cartoons where animals or things talk and act like humans?
personification. Giving human qualities to nonliving or non human living things.
The angry waves lashed at the small boat. anger is a human emotion. attributing anger to the ocean waves is an example of personification.
The fog came in on cat's feet. while not exactly personification it is attributing the characteristics of a living thing to a non living thing.