Staggered animation, also known as "follow through" or "overlapping action" is one of the twelve Disney principles of animation as defined by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas in their 1981 book "The Illusion of Life". At its core, the concept deals with animating objects in delayed succession to produce fluid motion.
The technique doesn't only apply to cute character animations though. The Motion design aspect of a digital interface has significant implications on UX, user perception and "feel". … Read article “Repeatable, Staggered Animation Three Ways: Sass, GSAP and Web Animations API”