Muybridge is mostly known for his photographs of horses in motion. Above is part of one sequence. These pictures were taken in order to settle the question of whether or not all the horse’s hooves at any time during the trot are off the ground simultaneously. As can be seen here, the answer is yes. But that’s precisely it: it can only be seen because Muybridge has frozen the motion. By animating these pictures, you negate their whole reason for existing: they exist because they allow us to see something we can’t see when the horse is in motion.
The whole post is worth reading. That said, I stand by my posting of an animated gif re-animating the Muybridge photographs, because of the format; there’s something odd about that analogue-digital repurposing split.
There’s also something zoetropic about Google’s presentation that is a nice effect, even if the