The word galvanize came to my mind. It seems to often take as its object the noun corpse and seems to apply predominantly to (dead) biological objects. From a
"galvanize * corpse" search at Google Books:
Now within our own time there arose an unfortunate fuss which threatened (as Mr. Turnbull would say) to galvanize the corpse of Christianity into a fictitious life—the alleged case of a Highland eccentric who wanted to fight for the Virgin. (Chesterton)
Note that the life produced by galvanization is fictitious, not full-fledged. The same aspect is stressed in the following quote:
Madame Rachel can only galvanize the corpse, not revivify it. Ancient French tragedy, red-heeled, patched, and be-peri- wigged, lies in the grave; and it is only the ghost of it that we see, which the fair Jewess has raised. (Thackeray, Paris Sketch Book)
Here we've struck upon another verb: to revivify. Also partially useful for your purpose: it applies only to objects that were initially alive. You cannot revivify a broomstick or a brickbat. I guess that you cannot galvanize them either. But at least you can revivify a body to a real, not make-believe, life.
There's another word: to vitalize. An example of usage:
The power of God vitalized the world to the extent that his spirit infused life into dead matter.
This word seems be closer in its meaning to something like "infuse with life power". Thus, "I used a magic spell to vitalize my toy soldiers" might seem a bit strange.
Per Dangph's note, there's also the verb vivify. Also close to "infuse with vital power", also used in high-style sentences.
Tappert also makes some interesting comments on the tempo rubato with which Wagner vivified the Ninth Symphony..