It may not strike you as odd that Eadweard Muybridge‘s famous photographic depictions of the real movements made by a wide array of species wouldn’t quite make it to the design desks of the world’s cheapest toymakers, but shouldn’t museums know to check a reference when positioning an animal?
The New York Times is ready to set the record straight once and for all:
The way four-legged animals walk has been well known since the 1880s, when Eadweard Muybridge’s motion-capture photographs revealed the sequence of leg movements. They walk this way: the left hind leg moves forward, followed by the left foreleg, right hind leg and right foreleg, in order. [Link]
Let’s get on this for the good of the next generation, shall we? No need to come down like a load of bricks, there are ways to deal with this issue that are less proscriptive. "Wow, honey, what a cute doggie! So sad that he has a broken leg, I guess she’s about to fall down again, right? Poor puppy."