The Kirby is an upright Hoover vacuum cleaner from Disney's 1988 television film The Brave Little Toaster based on the Kirby Dual Sanitronic 80 from 1969. He is voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft in the first film and its sequels.
In the first film, the 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. the Kirby cannot help but keep up the appearance that he is independent and being held back by the others.
Being grumpy and stubborn, the 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. The 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.
The Kirby with Toaster and Blanky
The Kirby on a cliff
The Kirby with the other appliances
Kirby in the workshop
Kirby with Lampy and Radio
Kirby and the other appliances setting off out into the open world
Kirby pulling the other appliances on the chair; his pink look isn't quite explained
The Kirby with Toaster and Radio
The Kirby's basis
The Kirby confused of Radio's last year's news flash
The Kirby's conceptual sketches by Kevin Richardson
Storyboard by Jerry Rees.
Layout art of the Kirby and the rest of the gang in the woods by Kevin Richardson.