On Monday, Pixar announced the title and release date of its next project, Elemental, which will be released in June 2023. The film is set in a world in which the four classic elements (fire, water, land, and air) are actors who live in the world. However, the announcement, and the accompanying concept art, reminded fans of some of their other favorite elemental duos in film and gaming history.
The first of the cooperative puzzle platformers came out in 2009, and playing the classic Flash game (which is now available on Coolmath Games) feels like returning in time. At the time of writing, these characters appear a little familiar. Fans are pointing out the similarities to the Fireboy and Watergirl series of games, created by Oslo Albet.
Forest Temple, an early internet game sauce, has a slew of elemental puzzles that evolve, even if Fireboy can only traverse through or activate red colored items. Watergirl is also equipped with levers, moving platforms, and other techniques. This is especially true if you, like me, cannot find a friend to play with and operate both the arrow keys and the W.A.D. keys with each hand, which is just a terrible experience.
The movietic world of fireboy and watergirl is expanding. pic.twitter.com/PnDTBmDSbN
The notion of elemental characters isn''t new. Avatar: The Last Airbenders characters are bent among the elements. However, film and television history also includes characters that are literal representations of those elements even if some of them have some other features. Im referring to the cinematic classic and Taylor Lautner vehicle, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, which opened cinemas in 2005.
Everyone is saying fireboy and watergirl, but what about THEM. sharkboy and lavagirl in pixar https://t.co/CXGF3RUAZl pic.twitter.com/oe6ozZa9ch
Elemental is preparing for the 2023 release, but it gives us a rather wholesome excuse to look back at some of these 2000s cultural masterworks.