Just watched The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn (2011) yesterday. Good film, with the most technically impressive animation I've seen yet.
One thing I cannot understand: what possible reason could there be for leaving out the iconic Tintin theme song? Honestly it is one of the best theme songs I remember from my childhood along with Ninja Turtles and X-Men. They didn't even replace it with another theme song, they just put in generic music instead.
I actually have the same issue with the X-Men films. There is an awesome theme song that would work perfectly yet the filmmakers decide not only to leave it out, but to not replace it with anything memorable at all.
What is up with this? I think it is one of the biggest weaknesses of both films/sets of films.
Can you imagine the Indiana Jones films with generic music instead of the genre-defining theme song that played at just the right moments? No way they would have the same lasting appeal that they have -- the music is a crucial part of the total experience of going to the movies to see a rollicking, globe-trotting, swashbuckling adventure.
Tintin theme song
X-Men theme song