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Kirby the Vacuum Cleaner
Jim Kirby Junior the Crochety Old Vacuum Cleaner
Background information
Feature films The Brave Little Toaster
The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars
The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue
Short films
Television programs The Oz Kids (cameo)
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Thurl Ravenscroft (English)
Corey Burton (currently)
Jacek Czyz (Polish)
Mario Adorf (German)
Hisashiro Ogura (Japanese)
Miguel Ángel Jenner (European Spanish)
Raoul Delfosse (French)
Szombathy Gyula (Hungarian)
Jiří Hromada (Czech DVD)
Performance model
Inspiration Hoover (Brave Little Toaster novel)
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Chrome-dome
Carpet Breath
Sir Vac
The Gruff(/Vacuous) Vacuum( Cleaner)
(Ol') Baggy (Eyes)
Personality Grouchy, stubborn, good-hearted, brave, negative (formally), cynical, pessimistic (formally), reluctant, loyal, caring, heroic.
Occupation Household appliance
One of Toaster's gang members
Alignment Good
Goal To find the master
Home Cottage
Rob's Lab
Rob and Chris's house
Allies His boss Toaster, Lampy, Blanky, Radio, his "master" Rob, Chris, Robbie, Ratso, Maisie, Murgatroid, Alberto, Sebastian, Wittgenstein, Microwave, Hearing Aid, Calculator, Tinselina, Supreme Commander
Enemies Elmo St.Peters, Cutting-Edge Appliances (sometimes), Giant Magnet, the Crane, Crusher, Mack McCro, Jim Bob, Hearing Aid (formerly), Supreme Commander (formerly)
Likes Being alone (sometimes), music (sometimes)
Dislikes Being annoyed, dust, cat litter
Powers and abilities Can make his face disappear when spotted by humans, hinted to be the strongest of the group
Fate Rides off with the master with the others.
Quote "Oh, boy. You're tellin' me."
"I just know I'm gonna regret this."
"Ah, you're all a bunch of junk."
"But I don't do kitty litter!"

Jim Kirby Junior the Crotchety Old Vacuum Cleaner is an upright Kirby 1940s/1950s vacuum cleaner from Disney's 1987 film The Brave Little Toaster. He was voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft.


In the first film, Kirby reluctantly joins the appliances on a mission to find Rob, who is referred to them as "the Master". While although seemingly cantankerous and bossy towards the others, he actually cares very much about them, and risks his life to save them more than once. Kirby cannot help but keep up the appearance that he is independent and being held back by the others.


Being grumpy and stubborn, Kirby doesn't hang around much with the other appliances until near the very end of the first movie. He utterly despises Blanky and his overly-emotional personality. Kirby starts to soften up as the film progresses. In the movie's sequels, he is more laid-back and closer to his fellow appliances.


  • Kirby is named after the founder of the brand "Kirby", "Jim Kirby", but in the novel, he is named after the founder of the brand "Hoover", "William Henry "Boss" Hoover".
  • In Disch's original novella The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars, the Kirby and Lampy stayed behind while Toaster, Radio and Blanky went on the mission. In the film, they join them on the quest.
  • There is a cameo of Kirby and friends in the series The Oz Kids in the episode "Christmas in Oz".


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Films: The Brave Little Toaster | The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars | The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue

Appliances: Toaster | Blanky | Lampy | Radio | Kirby | Air Conditioner | T.V. | Hanging Lamp | Junkshop Appliances | Blender | Cutting-Edge Appliances | Plugsy | The Giant Magnet | Crusher | Junkyard Cars | Computer and Mouse | Wittgenstein | Lab Computer | Modem | Microwave | Faucet | Squirt | Fanny | Calculator | Hearing Aid | Supreme Commander | Wonder Luxe Appliances | Freezer | Mixer | Iron | Viking 1
Humans: Rob McGroarty | Chris McGroarty | Robbie McGroarty | Evil Clown | Elmo St. Peters | Zeke | Charlie | Mack McCro | Jim Bob
Animals: Quadruped | Ratso | Maisie | Alberto | Murgatroid | Sebastian | Dobermans
Other: Tinselina | The Missile | Viruses

Songs: April Showers | Tutti Frutti | City of Light | Mammy | It's a 'B' Movie | Cutting Edge | Worthless | Bread and Butter | I See a New You | Floating | Fight Right | Home Again | I'm Into Something Good | Remember That Day | Cocktails for Two | Super Highway | Chomp and Munch | Hang In There, Kid

Locations: Cottage | The Parts Shop | Ernie's Disposal | Rob and Chris's house | Mars | The Science Museum

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