The Thompson Twins, although they do have full round heads in the drawings I still thought they looked a bit too fat in the face.
I think one reason their heads look the wrong shape is that their bowler hats are the wrong shape - having a sort of flattened hemisphere above the brim, rather than having verical sides below the round top, as with the more normal bowler hats portrayed in the books (or Derby hats, if you're American).
Were the three notes in the masts explained that well? Knowing the explanation I sort of drifted off at that point. In the books one has time to read the notes and take it all in. I'm not sure the significance of the Eagle was explained that well. Perhaps I missed it.
I find myself drifting off in films sometimes; I think it's the distracting effect that 3D has on me! But to be fair to the film-makers, yes the explanation of the three notes and the co-ordinates was properly done, and Tintin's line about the statue being John the Evangalist and him being known as the Eagle of Patros was definitley there, pretty much straight from the book.
The point of Red Rackham's treasure (in my opinion) is that they embark on the treasure hunt but never find the actual treasure but low and behold at the end of the story it is to be found at Haddocks ancestral home. Almost under their noses, so to speak.
Yeah, even if they include the Red Rackham underwater treasure hunt in film two (as the ending of film one suggests they will) they do seem to have blown the whole point of that story too early.
The best bit of detail in the film I thought was Haddocks nose hair.
That shows we're all different! For me, that was the prime example of the sort of over-detailing that I disliked and which made me feel that Speilberg and Jackson don't understand the less-is-more point of HergÃ©'s drawing.
Whilst I'm in whinge mode again, the other thing I found really un-HergÃ©-like was all that stuff with the sleeping crew. Haddock's description of the sailor losing his eyelids in a "what a night that was" sort of way, belonged more to a Pirates of the Caribbean movie than to a Tintin one, as did his leering aside that another old salt was into "animal husbandry". No-one loves a filthy innuendo about sheep-shagging more than I, but it's got to be witty and it's got to be in the right film, and this was neither.
Allan's crew in HergÃ©'s book certainly include some hardened villains, who are prepared to send Tintin to the bottom with a lump of lead, or to beat Haddock mercilessly with a stick. But, like most of HergÃ©'s baddie foot-soldiers and henchmen, they're drawn deadpan, as ordinary working men, not caricatured pirates.