If you have a cloner animation in Cinema 4D, you have some choices as to how to trigger that animation. Of course, as with anything, there are complex ways, and some that are really simple and easy. An easy way is to have an Effector in C4D that you can use to control or trigger animation.
Pixldg does a quick run-through shows how to set up an effector in Cinema 4D that can be used to control your Cloner animations. This can be really helpful as you now have a widget in the scene that you can use to visualize and trigger the animation as you see fit.