I am not sure if this has ever been covered, but why aren't books seen as potential themes? If you go back about 100 years everything would be in the public domain. Even if it was just authors....
a few examples off the top of my head..
Pit and the Pendulum
King Solomon Mines
Treasure Island (although close to POTC)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (or just about anything by Verne)
They would require music, callouts and animations... but these have to be better than just another 70s rock band.