Reading through this thread made me curious about "Wolf Children". Wow, it was so lovely! The mother reminded me of our mother, who was strong enough to move to a foreign country with us and managed to raise my brother and I (almost) by herself.
I was very sick yesterday and wanted to watch some pleasant movies to make me feel better. In the end I scoured my files and chose Laputa: Castle in the Sky. I could watch Studio Ghibli films many times over.
I, too, haven't particularly noticed a correlation between high viewing numbers and me actually enjoying the movies. Most of the time the more well-advertised movies are those that I would only feel like watching once and never again, with pretty standard plot lines. Then again, that doesn't always apply as I have several popular animated films on my favourites list as well.
Some of my favourite movies from my childhood are "The Road To El Dorado" and "Sinbad: Legend of The Seven Seas", as well as the obvious Disney films that everyone loves.