If you grew up watching “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” on TV, you’ve actually seen an incorrect version of the movie. Given the changing needs of commercials, networks — most recently CBS — have shown the movie without all of its scenes, leading to a few confusing moments — particularly the mysterious moment Yukon Cornelius licks his pickax.
Yukon Cornelius keeps licking his ax in the “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” special is because he’s looking for peppermint. The scene explaining that was deleted, but the show went on. And on and on!